Research Interests:

  • The cultural ecology of nomadic pastoralism; state and society; Islamic movements; identity politics; social change and modernization; and Muslim family and gender dynamics in Soviet and post-Soviet Central Asia.
  • Islamic movements, identity politics in failed/failing nation states, Islamic movements, Muslim family and gender dynamics, cultural ecology of nomadic pastoralism, and the political ecology of state-society relations in Soviet and post-Soviet Central Asia, Southwest Asia and the Middle East.


Language Studies, Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Russian, Anthropology
PhD, University of Washington, Anthropology, 1976
MA, University of Washington, Anthropology, 1972
BA, University of Hawaii, Anthropology, 1970
anthropology islamic studies middle eastern studies
American Anthropological Association
American Ethnological Society
Middle East Section of American Anthropological
Middle East Studies Association
Nominations Committee of the Middle East Studies Association