MIT Anthropology 53E-335, 77 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139
Associate Professor, Anthropology MIT 2012 (July)
Assistant Professor, Anthropology MIT 2008-
Lecturer, Harvard Anthropology Department 2006
Harvard Society of Fellows (Post-Doctoral Fellow) 2004-2007
Instructor, Harvard University 2002
Lecturer, National University of Mongolia 1993-1995
Lecturer, College for Asian Studies in Mongolia 1993
Harvard University, Ph.D. in Social Anthropology 2004
National University of Mongolia, MA in Philology 1995
National University of Mongolia, BA in Literature and Linguistics 1993
Religion, Shamanism, Gender and Feminist Studies, Narrative, Memory and History, Elections, Democracy, Postsocialism, Neoliberalism, Political Anthropology, Political Violence, Mongolia, Central and East-Asia, Russia and Eastern Europe.
Book “Tragic Spirits: Shamanism, Socialism, and Neoliberal State in Mongolia” University of Chicago Press,
Articles in Refereed Journals
Post-Post-Transition Theories: Walking on Multiple Paths. In Annual Review of Anthropology. 37:235-50. 2008
Dealing with uncertainty: Shamans, marginal capitalism, and the remaking of history in postsocialist Mongolia. American Ethnologist, February 2007, vol. 34, # 1, pp. 127-147
Who ‘Makes’ the Shaman? The Politics of Shamanic Practices among the Buriats in Mongolia. In Inner Asia 1 (1999; 221-244). The White Horse Press, 1999 Cambridge, UK.
Articles in edited volumes/encyclopedia/public journals
Mongolian Shamanism: The Mosaic of Performed Memory. In Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Empire, Ed. by William W. Fitzhugh, Morris Rossabi, William Honeychurch. Smithsonian Press, 2009, pp. 65-72.
"Tricky Representations: Buddhism in the Cinema during Socialism in Mongolia". Silk Road. Summer 2008, Vol. 6.1; pp. 54-63.
A Follower of Shamanism. in Calliope, March 2008
Fire Worship Sutras in Mongolian and Tibetan, published in Literature and Art, 1993 Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia.
Script for a Documentary film: Feasting in Mongolian Way, Gantulag Studio Production, 1993, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Review of Not Quite Shamans: Spirit Worlds and Political Lives in Northern Mongolia, by Morten Axel Pedersen. American Anthropologist
Honors and Awards
MIT SHASS Research Fund 2012
MIT HASS Dean’s Faculty Development Fund 2010
NSF (Gender and Technologies of Election in Mongolia) 2008
Wenner-Gren Foundation Post-doctoral Grant 2008
William Milton Fund of Harvard University 2006-2007
Soros Foundation Grant, Global Supplementary Fund 2002-2003
Weatherhead Center Graduate Student Affiliate Grant (Harvard U) 2002-2003
Anthropology Department Conference Grant, Harvard University 2002
Eliot Fellowship for Dissertation Completion, Harvard University 2001-2002
Asia Center Travel Grant (dissertation follow-up research), Harvard U 2001-2002
Davis Center for Russian Studies Grant, Harvard University 2001-2002
Graduate School Conference Travel Grant, Harvard University 2001
Resident Fellowship, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard U. 2001-2002
Dissertation Fellowship, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard U. 2000- 2001
Social Science International Dissertation Research Fellowship 1999-2000
Wenner-Gren Dissertation Research Grant 1999-2000
Matsushita International Foundation, Japan Dissertation Research Grant 1999-2000
Mellon Foundation Dissertation Research Grant, Harvard University 1999
Religion in Contemporary Asia Travel Grant, Asia Center, Harvard University 1999
Population Center, Dissertation Research Grant, Harvard University (declined) 1999
Mellon Foundation Pre-dissertation Research Grant 1998
Fellowship in Social Anthropology, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard U 1997-1999
Harvard University Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Fellowship, 1995-1997
Harvard University Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Summer Travel Grant 1996
Fulbright Fellowship for Graduate Studies Awarded by the 1995-1999
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Talks and Presentations
“Impossibility of Knowing the Past: the politics of silencing after socialism in Mongolia” to be presented at the American Association for Asian Studies Meeting March 2012, Toronto Canada.
“Provincializing Neoliberalism through Culture(s).” Conference on Imagining Culture(s), Rethinking Disciplines. University of Miami April 1-2, 2011
“Spiritual Economies during Neoliberal Capitalism.” New Postsocialist Ontologies and Politics.
The Annual Symposium of SOYUZ, the research network for postsocialist cultural studies. March 11-12, 2011 –University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“To know the place of death: Shamanism and the Politics of Silence in Post-Socialist Neoliberal Mongolia.” Conference Spiritual Politics and the Ethics of Democracy Aarhus University, Denmark October 8-9 2010.
“Skimming the cream off the top: why women do not always rule the elections.” Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit. Cambridge University, Cambridge UK, May 18 2010
“Exchanging sheep for history: shamanism and remaking of the past in post-socialist Mongolia.” Anthropology Department, Cambridge University, Cambridge UK, May 28 2010
“Women and Technologies of Election: From the 2008 Parliamentary Elections in Mongolia.” Mongolia Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. November 2008
“The Impossibility of knowing the past in post-socialist Mongolia.” University of British Columbia, Simon Frazer University Canada, November 2007
“If you want to get something done, go to a woman: gender, state, and power in Mongolia.” University of British Columbia, Simon Frazer University Canada, November 2007
“The Impossibility of knowing the past in post-socialist Mongolia.” University of California Santa Cruz, November 2007в Anthropology Panel on Harvard East-Asia Society Graduate Student Conference, discussant, Cambridge, MA, March 9-11, 2007
“Raised Corpses: Transformation in the Constituency of the Shamanic Spirit
World after Socialism in Mongolia.” AAA in San Jose, CA, November 15, 2006
“Raised Corpses: Transformation in the Constituency of the Shamanic Spirit
World after Socialism in Mongolia.” Harvard University East Asian Studies November 9, 2006
“Celestial Court: Imagining the Nation-State in the Margins of post-socialist Mongolia.” International Conference on Inner Asian Statecrafts jointly organized by Cambridge University, UK and Ecole Pratique Des Hautes, France. Paris March 23-25, 2006
“Dialogues on Democracy: “Yellow Media” and the Internet during Mongolia’s 2005 Presidential Election.” New England American Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Bentley College, Massachusetts, November 5, 2005
“Healing, Health, and Gender: Strategies and Struggles to Restore Well-Being after Socialism,” discussant at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies annual meeting. Boston, MA December 6, 2004
“(Un)Protected Individuals: Shamanism and Gendered Survival in a Dangerous Economy of Mongolia.” Central Eurasian Annual Association meeting in Boston, October 2, 2004
“Sacrificing for the Nation? Memory, Fear, and Desire for Sovereignty. Conference for the Society for Cultural Anthropology.” Sovereignty, April 30 –May1, 2004 Portland, Oregon.
“Striking the Balance? Civil Society, Shamanism, and Political Imagination in Mongolia.” AAA annual meeting November 19-23, 2003 Chicago, IL.
“The Spirits of My Homeland is Recalling Me: Nationalism, Landscape, and Religion, among the Buryats of Mongolia.” Central Eurasian Annual Association Meeting. Harvard University, October 2-5, 2003, Cambridge, MA
“Violence, Memory and Moral Community,” discussant, Conference on “Law and Disorder in the Post-colony” May 9-10, 2003 Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
“What Really Matters? On the Crossroads of Gender, Ideology and Everyday Practices.” Chair, organizer, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November 2002, New Orleans, CA
“Hidden Exploitation of Women: Making Shamanic Paraphernalia among the Buryats in Post-Socialist Rural Mongolia”. AAA November 20-24, 2002 New Orleans, LA
“Where are the Female Shamans? Gender and Political Economy of Post-Socialist Mongolia.” Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, February 28, 2002
“Divine Blacksmiths and Profane Seamstresses: Gender, Power and Merit in Making Shamanic Paraphernalia among the Buriats of Mongolia.” Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University 2001
“The Revival of Shamanic Practices among the Buriats of Mongolia.” Annual Meeting for Mongolia Society in Boston, American Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, 1999.
American Anthropological Association
American Association for Asian Studies
Association for Cultural Anthropology
Association for Anthropology of Religion
Association for Feminist Anthropology
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Professional Services/Manuscript Referee
Journal of Royal Anthropological Association
Journal of Asian Studies
Commentator on Senior Theses at the Social Studies at Harvard University 2004
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 2012 Committee on the Student Prize
Consultant Oral History of 20th c. Mongolia, University of Cambridge, UK 2007-2012
Curator, Buryat Shamanic paraphernalia, Peabody Museum of Anthropology and Archeology,
Thesis Advising, Social Studies, 2003-2004, Harvard U., Department of Anthropology
Assistant to Undergraduate Wing Tutor, Harvard U., Department of Anthropology 2003-2004
Teaching Fellow, Introduction to Anthropology, Harvard University (2003)
Teaching Fellow, Social Theory, Harvard University (2003)
Teaching and Research Supervision, Doing Fieldwork in Familiar Places, Harvard U. (2002)
Teaching Fellow, Food and culture, Department of Anthropology Harvard University (2001)
Teaching Fellow, Chinese Family, Marriage and Kinship, Department of Anthropology
Harvard University (2000)