PhD, Indiana University, 2004
- History and historiography of Islamic Central Asia, 16th-20th centuries;
- Political and cultural self-representation in Muslim literary traditions;
- Authority & legitimacy in Islam;
- The “early modern” Muslim world.
Courses Recently Taught
- Introduction to Central Asian History
- Central Asia under Russian Rule
- Ethnic History of Central Asia
- Jesus, Alexander & Other Heroes of Islam
- Sources for the Study of Central Asian History
- Travelers and Explorers in Central Asia
- Research Seminar in Central Asian History
- Identity & Conflict (International Studies)
- Capstone Seminar (CEUS / International Studies)
The Legendary Biographies of Tamerlane: Islam and Heroic Apocrypha in Central Asia. Cambridge University Press (April, 2011).
Islamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Historical Sources (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010). Co-edited with Scott C. Levi.
Ritual and Authority in Central Asia: The Khan's Inauguration Ceremony. Papers on Inner Asia no. 37 (Bloomington: RIFIAS, 2003), 79 pp.
“Invoking the Russian Conquest of Khiva and the Massacre of the Yomut Turkmens: The Choices of a Central Asian Historian," Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatiques LX:2 (2006).
“The Heavenly Stone' (Kök Tash) of Samarqand: A Rebels' Narrative Transformed," Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 17/1 (January 2007).
"Prescribing the Boundaries of Knowledge: Seventeenth-Century Russian Diplomatic Missions to Central Asia," in Writing Travel in Central Asian History, ed. Nile Green (Indiana University Press, 2013).
“Central Asian Muslims on Tibetan Buddhism, 16th-18th Centuries,” in Trails of the Tibetan Tradition, ed. Roberto Vitali (Amnye Machen Institute, 2014).
Current Research Projects
- Turkic and Iranian Identities in Asia
- A history of the “Tribal Dynasties”
- Central Asian – Hindustani connections
- The crisis of authority in Islam