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Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
464 Pauli Murray Hall
Curriculum Vitae


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

Research Interests

Religion and Politics, Central Asia, Soviet Union

Some Notable Publications

  • Muslim Atheism in Central Asia (in progress)
  • Central Asia from Ancient Times to the Present (under review)
  • From the Khan’s Oven: Studies on the History of Central Asian Religions in Honor of Devin DeWeese. (Edited with Allen J. Frank and Jeff Eden) Leiden: Brill, 2021.
  • Soviet and Muslim: The Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017
  • “Mantra: A Review Essay on Soviet Islam.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 63:3 (2020): 389-433.

My other publications are available on

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

For current information about course offerings, click here.

  • 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