Assistant Professor
464 Hamilton Hall


AB Stanford University, 2001
AM Harvard University, 2006
PhD Harvard University, 2010

Research Interests

Religion and Politics, Central Asia, Soviet Union

Some Notable Publications

  • Soviet and Muslim: The Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017
  • “Sufism on the Soviet Stage: Holy People and Places in Central Asia’s Sociopolitical Landscape after World War II.” In Sufism in Central Asia: New Perspectives on Sufi Traditions, 15th-21st centuries. Edited by Devin DeWeese and Jo-Ann Gross. Leiden: Brill, 2018: 256-283
  • “The Official Madrasas of Soviet Uzbekistan.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 59 (2016): 265-302
  • “Soviet Policies toward Islam: domestic and international considerations” in Phillip Muehlenbeck, ed. Religion and the Cold War: A Global Perspective (Vanderbilt University Press, 2012)
  • “Islamically informed Soviet Patriotism in postwar Kyrgyzstan,” Cahiers du monde Russe 52/2-3 (2011)
  • “The Central Asian Muftiate in Occupied Afghanistan, 1979–1987,” Central Asian Survey 30:2 (July 2011)
    • Graduate Students

      Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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      • HIST 140-The World since 1945
      • HIST 163—Modern Central Asia
      • HIST 484—Islam in Russia
      • HIST 511--9/11 in World History
      • HIST 890—Readings in Modern Central Asian History