I’m a linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist specializing in language, media, and materiality in postsocialist Russia and Mongolia. Since 2005, I’ve researched minority media and multilingualism in Russia’s Buryat territories. In Mongolia, I’m pursuing a new long-term ethnographic project on the cashmere industry. This project explores the production and global circulation of Mongolian cashmere to determine how it mediates different forms of value—not only economic, but also social, linguistic, and moral. I examine how individuals at different nodes in the commodity chain (herders, traders, business owners, factory workers, salespeople, etc.) evaluate cashmere as it moves through its transformation from raw fiber into a luxury product.
- Socialism and Postsocialism
- Intellectual and Cultural Property
- Mass Media
- Language Politics
- Race and Ethnicity