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Adeeb Khalid

Candidate for Vice President/President-Elect, 2020

Adeeb Khalid is the Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies and History at Carleton College, where he has taught since 1993. He received his BA from McGill University in 1986 and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993.

Although Khalid teaches widely in Russian, Soviet, and Ottoman history, his scholarly work is devoted to Central Asia in the modern period—from the late-18th century on, when the region was conquered by Russian and Chinese armies and was divided between those two empires. Khalid has written extensively on the region during imperial, then Communist rule, as well as in the period of independence that followed the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. He has engaged with questions of religious and cultural change and the emergence of new visions of the world in the colonial world. His research has made him a participant in interdisciplinary debates of questions of modernity, empire, colonialism, and knowledge production, and their bearing on how we study Russia and Eurasia. Khalid works with materials in Russian as well as a number of Turkic languages (Uzbek, Turkish, Uyghur, Tatar) and Persian/Tajik.

Khalid has published three books to date: The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform: Jadidism in Central Asia (University of California Press, 1998); Islam after Communism: Religion and Politics in Central Asia (University of California Press, 2007), which won the Vucinich Prize in 2008; and Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR (Cornell University Press, 2015), which won the Zelnik Prize in 2016. Another book, Crossroads of History: Central Asia in the Modern Age is on track to be published by Princeton University Press in 2021. He has also published in journals such as Central Asian Survey, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Kritika, and Slavic Review. His work has been translated into Russian, Uzbek, Turkish, French, and Korean.

Khalid has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has held visiting appointments at the John W. Kluge Center for Scholars at the Library of Congress and at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris.

Khalid is a member of the editorial boards of Slavic Review, Central Asian Survey, and Cahiers de l’Asie centrale. He was a founding member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society and served at its president in 2005. He has been a member of AAASS/ASEEES since 1992 and was elected Board Member at Large for 2013–2015.