Anthropology of the former Soviet Union, especially of Islamic peoples and of Central Asia and the Caucasus, including such themes as identity change in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, religion - especially Islam - and secularism, and the legacies of Soviet sociocultural practices and Russian culture among non-Russian peoples .
"Cultural Nationalist Ideology in Post-Soviet Central Asian Nation-Building"; "The Contested Islamic Terrain in Post-Soviet Central Asia"; "Islam in Secularizing Societies"; "Central Asian Security"
Russian, Norwegian, Tajik, Uzbek, Spanish, Danish, Swedish
Ph.D.,, Harvard University
Identity, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, and community organization among the Islamic peoples of Central Eurasia
"Central Asia: A Host of Preventable Conflicts," in P. van Tongeren, H. van de Veen and J. Verhoeven, eds., Searching for Peace in Europe and Eurasia: An Overview of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities, Lynne Rienner (2002)
"Setting the Stakes of a New Society," Central Eurasian Studies Review, vol. 1, no. 1 (Winter 2002)
"The Role of Resources in Conflicts in Central Asia," in J. Verhoeven et al, eds.: Searching for Peace in Asia: An Overview of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities, Lynne Rienner (2002)
"Islam in the Ferghana Valley: Challenges for New States," in H. Komatsu and S. Dudoignon, eds., Islam in Politics in Russia and Central Asia, Early Eighteenth to Late Twentieth Centuries, Kegan Paul (2001), pp. 323-339
"Shifting Ground: How the Soviet Regime Used Resettlement to Transform Central Asian Society and the Consequences of This Policy Today," in: H. Komatsu, C. Obiya and J. Schoeberlein, eds., Migration in Central Asia: Its History and Current Problems, Japan Center for Area Studies (2000), pp. 41-64