Gardner Bovingdon is Associate Professor in the departments of Central Eurasian Studies and International Studies. He also has appointments in East Asian Languages and Cultures, Political Science, and History. He specializes in the study of nationalism and identity politics in East Asia and Central Asia. He is also interested in energy security and the role of religion in politics. His book, The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land, was published by Columbia Press in 2010. He is now conducting research for a book on architecture, urban planning, and identity in Kazakhstan.