CESS Member Publications

Publications are listed alphabetically by author by year. If you are an active CESS member and would like to submit your publication data, please send that to CESS at info@centraleurasia.org. This page does not seek to be a full bibliography of all work by all CESS members, but rather to highlight some of the work of our organization’s membership.


Eden, Jeff. The Life of Muhammad Sharif: A Central Asian Sufi Hagiography in Chaghatay. With an appendix by Rian Thum and David Brophy. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

Tekla Schmaus (forthcoming). [Winner of Best Student Paper Award]. 

Schmoller, Jesko. Achieving a Career, Becoming a Master: Aspirations in the Lives of Young Uzbek Men.Klaus Schwarz Verlag. 2015.


Akchurina, Viktoria & Anita Lavorgna. "Islamist movements in the Fergana Valley: a new threat assessment approach"
in Global Crime 15:3-4 (2014), 320-336.

Chiovenda, Melissa Kerr.  Sacred Blasphemy: Global and Local Views of the Destruction of the Bamyan Buddha Statues in Afghanistan. Journal of Muslim Minority AffairsVol. 34: 4 (2014).

Chiovenda, Melissa Kerr. The illumination of marginality: how ethnic Hazaras in Bamyan, Afghanistan, perceive the lack of electricity as discrimination. Central Asian Survey (2014).

Ismayilov, Murad. “Power, knowledge, and pipelines: Understanding the politics of Azerbaijan's foreign policy”, Caucasus Survey 2:1-2, November, 79-129.

Peshkova, Svetlana. Women, Islam, and Identity: Public Life in Private Spaces in Uzbekistan. Syracuse University Press. 2014.

Pritchard, Maureen. “Music as Illness; Music as Healing”. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. Springer. 2014.

Rian Thum. The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History. Harvard University Press. 2014.

R. Charles Weller. “Religious-Cultural Revivalism as Historiographical Debate: Contending Claims in the Post-Soviet Kazakh Context.” Journal of Islamic Studies 25, no 2 (2014): 138-177.

R. Charles Weller. Review article on The Great Game, 1856-1907: Russo-British Relations in Central and East Asia. Reviews in History, 2014.

R. Charles Weller. “Modernist Reform and Independence Movements: Central Asian Muslims and Koreans in Comparative Historical Perspective, 1850-1940.” Journal of American-East Asian Relations, 21, no 4 (2014): 343-372.

Williams, Brian. The Last Warlord. The Life and Legend of Dostum, the Afghan Warrior who Led U.S. Special Forces to Topple the Taliban Regime. Chicago Review Press, Incorporated..


Kirmse, Stefan B. Youth and Globalization in Central Asia. Everyday Life between Religion, Media, and International Donors. Frankfurt and New York, 2013.

Kirmse, Stefan B. “New Courts in Late Tsarist Russia: On Imperial Representation and Muslim Participation,” Journal of Modern European History 11, no. 2 (2013): 243-263.
Markowitz, LawrenceState Erosion: Unlootable Resources and Unruly Elites in Central Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013. 

Martin, Virginia. 2013. “Using Turki-Language Qazaq Letters to Reconstruct Local Political History in the 1820s-30s,” in Paolo Sartori, ed., Explorations in the Social History of Modern Central Asia (19th-Early 20th Century). Volume 29, Brill Inner Asian Library Series.  Leiden & Boston: Brill, pp. 207-246.

Megoran, Nick. “Share Space, Divided Space: Narrating Ethnic Histories of Osh.” Environment and Planning A 45 (2013): 892-907.

Millward, James. The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Northrop, Douglas. An Imperial World: Empires and Colonies Since 1750. Pearson, “Connections” Series in World History, 2013.

Pritchard, Maureen. “Nature, Narod and Emotion: Engaging Socialist Realism and the Arts in Kyrgyzstan”.  Anthropology of East Europe Review. Spring Issue.

Yeh, Emily. Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development. Cornell University Press. 2013. [Honourable Mention]


Beckwith, Christopher. Warriors of the Cloisters: The Central Asian Origins of Science in the Medieval World. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.
Brunn, Stanley, Stanley Toops and Richard Gilbreath. The Routledge Atlas of Central Eurasian Affairs. London: Routledge, 2012.

Cooley, Alexander. Great Games, Local Rules: the new great power contest in Central Asia. Oxford University Press. 2012. [Honourable Mention]

Esengul, Chinara, Baglan Mamaev and Natalia Yefimova-Trilling. Youth and Public Policy in Kyrgyzstan. New York: Demokratie & Dialog, 2012.

Liu, Morgan. Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh. Pittsburgh University Press. 2012. [Winner of Book Prize]

Kuscu-Bonnenfant, Isik. “Constructing the Homeland: Kazakhstan’s Discourse and Policies Surrounding Its Ethnic Return-Migration Policy.” Central Asian Survey 31, no. 1 (March 2012): 31-44.

Martin, Virginia. Zakon i obychai v stepi: Kazakhi Srednego zhuza i rossiiskii kolonialism v XIX veke.  Foreword:  Zhanar Jampeissova; translation: D.M. Kostina; editor of translation:  Jambul Akkaziev; Compiler:  Safar Mazhitov. Almaty: Tsentr operativnoi pechati KazATiCO, 2012.  

Pearce, Katy and Sarah Kendzior. “Networked Authoritarianism and Social Media in Azerbaijan.” Journal of Communication 62, no. 2 (2012): 283-298.

Reeves, Madeleine. Border Work Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia. Cornell University Press. [Honourable Mention].

Reeves, Madeleine. “Black Word, Green Money: Remittances, Ritual, and Domestic Economies in Southern Kyrgyzstan.” Slavic Review 71, no 1 (Spring, 2012): 108-134.
Schatz, Edward. “Kazakhstan’s Authoritarian ‘Persuasion’.” Post-Soviet Affairs 20, no. 1 (January-March, 2012): 45-65.
Schwab, Wendell. “Tradition and Texts: How Two Young Women Learned to Interpret the Qur’an and Hadiths in Kazakhstan.” Contemporary Islam 6, no. 2 (2012): 173-197.
Williams, Brian Glyn. Afghanistan Declassified: A Guide to America’s Longest War. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.


Campbell, Ian. “Settlement Promoted, Settlement Contested: The Shcherbina Expedition of 1896-1903.” Central Asian Survey 30, nos. 3-4 (September-December, 2011): 423-436.

Faranda, Regina and Nolle, David B. (2011) 'Boundaries of ethnic identity in Central Asia: titular and Russian perceptions of ethnic commonalities in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan', Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 620 – 642
Genina, Anna, and Eve-Marie Dubuisson. “Claiming an Ancestral Homeland: Kazakh Pilgrimage and Migration in Inner Asia.” Central Asian Survey 30, nos. 3-4 (2011): 469-485.
McGlinchey, Eric. Chaos, Violence, Dynasty: Politics and Islam in Central Asia. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011. [2012 Book Prize Nominee].

Penati, Beatrice. “Beyond Technicalities: On Land Assessment and Land-Tax in Russian Turkestan, 1886-1915.” Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 59, no. 1 (2011): 1-27.
Pedersen, Morton Axel. Not Quite Shamans: Spirit Worlds and Political Lives in Northern Mongolia. London: Cornell University Press, 2011. [2012 Book Prize Nominee].

Pritchard, Maureen. “Creativity and Sorrow in the Kyrgyz context” in The Journal of Folklore Research. 48:2. Indiana University Press, Bloomington. 2011.

Tuna, Mustafa. “Madrasa Reform as a Secularizing Process: A View From the Russian Empire.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 53, no. 3 (2011): 540-570.


Luong, Pauline Jones, and Erika Weinthal. Oil Is Not a Curse: Ownership Structure and Institutions in Soviet Successor States. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. [2012 Book Prize Nominee].

Martin, Virginia. “Kazakh Chinggisids, Land, and Political Power in the 19th Century:  A Case Study of Syrymbet.”  Central Asian Survey Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 79-102.

Neva, Elena. Tajik Jewelry. Boston: M-Graphics, Publishing, 2010.

Noda, Jin, and Takahiro Onuma. A Collection of Documents from the Kazakh Sultans to the Qing Dynasty.  Tokyo: Research Center for Islamic Area Studies, 2010.
Penati, Beatrice. “Swamps, Sorghum, and Saxauls: Marginal Lands and the Fate of Russian Turkestan.” Central Asian Survey 29, no. 1 (2010): 61-78.
Radnitz, Scott. Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010. [2012 Book Prize Nominee].

Rasanayagam, Johan. Islam in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan: The Morality of Experience. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. [Winner, 2012 Book Prize].
Schlessing, Jonathan and Mette High. “Rulers and Rascals: The Politics of Gold in Qing Mongolian History.” Central Asian Survey 29, no. 3 (2010): 289-304.
Trevisani, Tommaso. Land and Power in Khorezm: Farms, Communities, and the State in Uzbekistan’s Decollectivization. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2010. [2012 Book Prize Nominee]


Levi, Scott and Ron Sela. Islamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Historical Sources. Bloomington: IndianaUniversity Press, 2009.

Martin, Virginia. Zakon i obychai v stepi: Kazakhi Srednego zhuza i rossiiskii kolonialism v XIX veke.  Tom 12 v serii “Istoriia Kazakhstana v zapadnykh istochnikakh XII-XX v.v.”  Almaty: Sanat. (2009).

Wooden, Amanda and Christoph Stefes (eds.). The Politics of Transition in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Enduring Legacies and Emerging Challenges. Abingdon: Routledge, 2009.

2008 and Earlier

Faranda, Regina and Nolle, David B. (2003) ‘Ethnic social distance in Kyrgyzstan:  evidence from a nationwide opinion survey’, Nationalities Papers, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 177 – 210.

Gammer, Moshe. The Lone Wolf and the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule. London: C. Hurst & Company, 2006.
Kamp, Marianne. The New Women in Uzbekistan: Islam, Modernity, and Unveiling under Communism. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006.
Martin, Virginia. “Kazakh Oath-Taking in Colonial Courtrooms: Legal Culture and Russian Empire-Building.” Kritika 5, no. 3 (Summer 2004): 483-514.
Martin, Virginia. Law and Custom in the Steppe: The Kazakhs of the Middle Horde and Russian Colonialism in the Nineteenth Century. Richmond: Curzon Press, 2001.
Morrison, Alexander. “Russian Rule in Turkestan and the Example of British India, c. 1860-1917.” The Slavonic and East European Review 84, no. 4 (October, 2006): 666-707.
Northrop, Douglas. Veiled Empire: Gender and Power in Stalinist Central Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004.
Peyrouse, Sébastien.“Nationhood and the Minority Question in Central Asia: The Russians in Kazakhstan.” Europe-Asia Studies 59, no. 3 (May, 2007): 481-501.

Sahadeo, Jeff. Russian Colonial Society in Tashkent, 1865-1923. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007.
Schatz, Edward. Modern Clan Politics: The Power of ‘Blood’ in Kazakhstan and Beyond. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004.
Williams, Brian Glyn. The Crimean Tatars: The Diaspora Experience and the Forging of a Nation. Leiden: Brill, 2001.
Uyama, Tomohiko (ed.). Empire, Islam, and Politics in Central Eurasia. Slavic Eurasian Studies, no. 14. Sapporo: Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, 2007.