Subject: This Month in Mongolian Studies - October 2020

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October 2020
In this Issue:

ACMS Announcements 

ACMS Sponsored Programs and Events

Position Openings and Fellowships

Grants and Calls for Paper

New Resources

Other News and Events

Recent Publications

This Month in Mongolian Studies is a monthly listing of selected academic activities, resources and other material related to Mongolia. This list is based on information the ACMS has received and is presented as a service to its members. If you would like to submit information to be included in next month's issue please contact the ACMS at

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ACMS Announcements, News and Media References


Executive Director Bolortsetseg

The American Center of Mongolian Studies (ACMS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Bolortsetseg Minjin has assumed the role of Executive Director, the first Mongolian to hold this position. A geologist and paleontologist by training, she received a M.S. from the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, a Ph.D. from a joint program between the Graduate Center of City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), and completed postdoctoral research at the Museum of the Rockies (Montana State University). In 2008 she established the Institute for the Study of Mongolian Dinosaurs, which supported the graduate training of Mongolian scholars and pioneered K-12 educational outreach in rural Mongolia.

Since 2012, Dr. Bolortsetseg has played a pivotal role in multinational efforts to stop the sale of poached Mongolian dinosaurs. In this work, she collaborated closely with the US Department of Homeland Security, multiple US attorney offices, and the Mongolian government. As a result, tons of unique dinosaur remains were repatriated, leading Mongolia to award Dr. Bolortsetseg the Order of the Polar Star. In 2013 she worked as the Assistant Director of the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs in Ulaanbaatar, and currently serves on the board for the Alliance of Mongolian Museums. Dr. Bolortsetseg has received an Earth Award from Wings WorldQuest, was recognized as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2010, and received the Raymond M. Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research and Education in 2017.

At the ACMS, Dr. Bolortsetseg will help develop collaboration between Mongolian and international scholars and institutions in all fields of study. Leveraging her extensive museum experience, she plans to build partnerships between North American and Mongolian museums, universities and other organizations to assist the development of museum collections and professional capabilities in Mongolia, particularly among people and institutions outside the capital city. She is looking forward to expanding past ACMS programs aimed at documenting and preserving Mongolia’s cultural heritage, and raising the profile of these efforts in both Mongolia and abroad. One area of focus will be to engage Mongolians who live near-threatened cultural resources to help them gain greater knowledge and engagement with their cultural and natural heritage, and become allies in the fight to prevent looting and development that threatens to destroy the artifacts and practices from Mongolia’s unique history.

Dr. Bolortsetseg is looking forward to supporting current ACMS programs such as the Field Research and other Fellowships, Mongolian Field School, Speaker Series, educational tours, and workshops, and to develop new programs and partnerships that expand the reach of Mongolian Studies. She will be primarily based at the AMNH in New York City, but will travel regularly to Mongolia to work in the ACMS office in Ulaanbaatar once the country reopens for travel. She is very excited to connect with old and new friends who have ideas for potential collaborations, and can be reached through her new ACMS contact email



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ACMS Sponsored Programs and Events


3D Scanner Workshop

ACMS organized a Zoom workshop on NextEngine 3D Scanner operation on September 24, 2020 with Dr. William Taylor of University of Colorado-Boulder. In recent years, 3D scanning has emerged as an essential tool for research, preservation, and public outreach in the fields of science, art, cultural heritage, and many others. Dr. Taylor taught attendees how to produce, process, and share a high-resolution 3D scan/model using the publicly-available NextEngine3D desktop scanner at the Morrison Research Lab at the American Center for Mongolian Studies.


Dr. William Taylor is Assistant Professor and Curator of Archaeology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he teaches courses on 3D scanning, printing, and emerging technologies in museum studies.




Panel session “Field Science in the Khövsgöl region” with Dr. Paula DePriest, Dr. William Fitzhugh, Dr. Olaf Jensen, Badamgarav Dovchin, and Rebecca Watters. Moderator Dr. Marissa Smith

September 17, 2020 (EDT) 8:00 PM | September 18, 2020 (GMT+8) 8:00 AM

VSS Khovsgol

The third panel focused on the field sciences in the Khövsgöl region, and included five speakers:

  • Dr. Paula DePriest, Deputy Director of the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute, "Cultural Convergence and Divergence across the Mongolian-Tuvan Border";
  • Dr. William Fitzhugh, curator of Arctic Archaeology and director of the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, talked about ""Deer Stone Research in Mongolia";
  • Ms. Rebecca Watters, wildlife biologist and executive director of the Wolverine Foundation, talked about "Building Wildlife Research Program in Northern Mongolia";
  • Ms. Badamgarav Dovchin,  PhD candidate at Land Resources and Environmental Science department of Montana State University, talked about "Building an Inclusive Management Tools with the Buffer Zone Communities of SPA";
  • Dr. Olaf Jensen, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Center for Limnology, "Exploring the Blue Pearl: Mongolian-American Aquatic Ecology Research on Lake Hovsgol".

The event had over 50 participants and the recording has over 50 views so far.



Position Openings and Fellowships


The Board of Electors to the Caroline Humphrey Professorship of the Anthropology of Inner Asia invite applications for this Professorship from scholars whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

A munificent donation from the Sigrid Rausing Trust has enabled the University to establish this new Professorship, in recognition of the work of Caroline Humphrey in founding and building the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit (MIASU) within the Department of Social Anthropology. The Professor, who will be a full member of the Department, will have an outstanding research record of international stature in the Anthropology of Inner Asia, an outstanding record in teaching and in the mentorship of early-career researchers, and the intellectual and administrative capacities to provide strategic direction and leadership as Director of the MIASU.

Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision and administration. The Professor will be based in Cambridge. A competitive salary will be offered.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Further information is available at:

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of 2020.



Tony Whitten (1953–2017) was an inspirational conservationist who championed biodiversity across Asia and beyond, working as Senior Biodiversity Specialist at the World Bank and more recently as Director of Fauna and Flora International’s Asia-Pacific programme. Alongside helping run conservation projects across Asia Tony did world-class work on the discovery and conservation of limestone cave invertebrates – saving many species from obliteration by the region’s rapidly expanding cement industry, establishing the IUCN Cave Invertebrate Specialist Group, and having no fewer than 33 new species named in his honor. As a tribute to him, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative is delighted to invite applications for this award for early-career conservationists and biodiversity researchers from East and South-east Asia.

The Award is open to those under the age of 35 working on any area of conservation or of field biology within this region.  A selection panel has been established by Tony’s family.  Awards will be made for specific assistance to the ongoing work of successful applicants.  The panel is particularly interested in hearing about work on the overlooked species and habitats that Tony was most passionate about – such as caves and karst ecosystems, and little-studied invertebrates and fishes – but all applications are welcome, regardless of where in the region and on what aspects of conservation or field biology the work is focused.  The fund is able to provide five awards of £2,000 each in late 2020, with a further round in 2021. Applicants should be nationals of Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste or Vietnam.

Please download an application form here: The Tony Whitten Conservation Award application form 2020.  The application deadline is midnight (GMT) on 1 November 2020. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of 2020.



The Department of Transnational Asian Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas invites applications for two full-time tenure-track positions. Both will be named chairs: the Gragg Professor of Transnational Asian Studies (Assistant or Associate Professor) and the TT and WF Chao Professor of Transnational Asian Studies (Assistant Professor). 

Responsibilities include 1) teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, 2) active research and publication in area of specialization, and 3) service to the department, the university and the field. 

The application process is entirely web-based. Submit a letter of application, full CV, the names of three references, a writing sample, and evidence of teaching excellence by December 1, 2020.  Further publications may be requested at a later date. Applications are accepted only through Rice University’s electronic system, and complete instructions are available at Specific questions may be sent to Prof. Lisa Balabanlilar, Chair of the Department of Transnational Asian Studies, at




The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is announcing the opening of its 2021-2022 Fellowship competition. The Center awards academic year residential fellowships to scholars, practitioners, journalists, and public intellectuals from any country with outstanding project proposals on global issues. Within this framework, the Center supports projects that intersect with contemporary policy issues and provide the historical and/or cultural context for some of today’s significant public policy debates. Applicants must hold a doctorate or have equivalent professional experience.

Fellows are provided stipends, private windowed offices, Library of Congress loan privileges, and part-time research assistants.

The Center encourages applicants to apply online. Please apply online at You may also contact the Scholars and Academic Relations Office at or call (202) 691-4170 for more information.

Application deadline: October 1, 2020


Grants and Call for Papers


FEBRUARY 26-28, 2021 (ONLINE)

The Association of Central Eurasian Students (ACES) at Indiana University is requesting submissions for our annual conference on Central Eurasian studies. They are accepting abstracts for 15-20 minute presentations on topics related to Central Eurasia. They welcome proposals from all disciplinary backgrounds, as well as from any regional or historical focus. Presentations may include, but are not limited to, topics in Iranian (Afghan/Persian), Mongolic, Tibetan, Tungusic, Turkic, and Uralic (Balto-Finnic, Hungarian, etc.) studies. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars are all invited to apply. 

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Conference will be held virtually on Zoom on the weekend of 26-28 February, 2021. We welcome submissions from any part of the globe, so long as presenters are able to participate online. Accepted panelists should be prepared to give their presentation during normal business hours (9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.) in U.S. Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5:00).

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Manduhai Buyandelger as our keynote speaker at this year's conference. Dr. Buyandelger is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her prize-winning first book, Tragic Spirits: Shamanism, Gender, and Memory in Contemporary Mongolia (University of Chicago Press, 2013), looks at the revival of shamanism in Mongolia as a response to the collapse of the socialist state. More recently, her research has focused on gender and politics in postsocialist Mongolia. 




Digital magazine and arm the American Oriental Society, The Digital Orientalist, is happy to announce its annual open call for editors and contributors. As we continue to expand our publication and readership, we are also looking to enter into new fields and as such we are eagerly looking for several new editors for the next academic year (2020-2021) from the following (or related) fields:


  • African Studies.
  • Central Asian Studies.
  • Indian Studies.
  • Korean Studies.
  • Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Mongolian Studies.
  • Sinology.
  • South East Asian Studies.
  • Oceania or Pacific Island Studies.
  • Persia or Iranian Studies.

These editorial positions will be particularly attractive to graduate students and early career researchers, but are also open to senior academics. Editors will be expected to contribute 5-6 short posts (up to 1,000 words each) between September 2020 and June 2021. In addition to new editors, we are also looking for people who are able to contribute guest posts or series of guests posts on the Digital Humanities in General, Islamic Studies, Japanology, Syriac Studies or any of the above noted fields. If you have something interesting to say and you wish to reach an expanding global audience then do not hesitate to get in contact.


Interested parties should send a CV to Dr. James Harry Morris MTheol, PhD, FRAS (University of Tsukuba) at



Vernon Press invites book proposals for edited volumes, co-authored books and single-author monographs on East Asian Studies, with an interdisciplinary outlook.

Generally described as the subregion in Asia comprised by North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, Macao, Mongolia, Hong Kong, and China, East Asia has always fascinated the Western world. The history, culture, art, and literature—to name but a few—of this area have been consistently studied in academic circles for many generations, frequently in departments called East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC). However, and in recent decades, new outlooks have emerged to study these aspects and many others related to East Asia, especially in the wake of Edward Said’s essential Orientalism (1978). The interest in this region and its study can also be observed by the increasing number of East Asian Studies programmes in universities all around the world.

This series will be of interest to scholars and students as well as independent researchers with an interest in East Asian studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Possible contributions include (but are not limited to):

  • Literary interpretations of East Asian countries
  • Cultural studies on the region
  • East Asian American literary studies
  • East Asian representation in media
  • Rediscovering and rewriting East Asian history
  • Forgotten East Asian women
  • Sociological studies on the region
  • East Asian archaeology
  • How to submit your proposal

Please submit one-page monograph proposals to or, including a summary, a short biographical note and (if applicable) a list of similar titles. Proposals that treat other topics of relevance to the series in Irish Studies are also welcome. More information on what we look for in a proposal is available on our website. 

New Resources

Digital collections related to Mongolia we discovered in August, 2020:

  • "Mongolia Journal Online" This is one of the few dedicated websites that collect Mongolian academic journals in English. The platform has over 1,300 articles from seven journals, encompassing chemistry, international relations, and agriculture.

Selected scholarly papers published in September, 2020:




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Ethnic Mongolian students and parents in northern China have staged mass school boycotts over a new curriculum that would scale back education in their mother tongue, in a rare and highly visible protest against the ruling Communist Party's intensified push for ethnic assimilation.


Under the new policy, Mandarin Chinese will replace Mongolian as the medium of instruction for three subjects in elementary and middle schools for minority groups across the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, home to 4.2 million ethnic Mongolians.





Image courtesy of The Diplomat

Mongolia’s e-governance is a topic often overshadowed by the cyber activities of the country’s large neighbors — Russia and China. However, the coronavirus pandemic gave an advantage to the Mongolian government in implementing long-overdue digital governance practices.

Mongolia’s implementation of e-governance services, known as “E-Mongolia,” will enhance public services, maximize efficiency, and most importantly, diminishing the deep-rooted bureaucracy and nepotism that have been impeding government services for some time.




covid-19 Mongolia

Image courtesy of AKIPress

As of late September, only 313 COVID-19 cases and zero deaths were reported in the country. This was achieved through restrictions on movement and widespread prevention measures, such as the closure of borders and schools at the start of the pandemic. Though schools re-opened at the start of September, international flights have not resumed.

These restrictions have led to significant socio-economic impacts and increased vulnerability among poor households. 



Interesting Links -- A variety of articles and content related to Mongolia were posted during September 2020. Here are some of the more notable ones:

Recent Books

Along the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia: Generals, Merchants, Intellectuals, by Michal Biran (Ed.), Jonathan Brack (Ed.), Francesca Fiaschetti (Ed.)360 pages; $29.95 (University of California Press, 2020)

Along the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia

During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, Chinggis Khan and his heirs established the largest contiguous empire in the history of the world, extending from Korea to Hungary and from Iraq, Tibet, and Burma to Siberia. Ruling over roughly two thirds of the Old World, the Mongol Empire enabled people, ideas, and objects to traverse immense geographical and cultural boundaries. Along the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia reveals the individual stories of three key groups of people—military commanders, merchants, and intellectuals—from across Eurasia. These annotated biographies bring to the fore a compelling picture of the Mongol Empire from a wide range of historical sources in multiple languages, providing important insights into a period unique for its rapid and far-reaching transformations.

Read together or separately, they offer the perfect starting point for any discussion of the Mongol Empire’s impact on China, the Muslim world, and the West and illustrate the scale, diversity, and creativity of the cross-cultural exchange along the continental and maritime Silk Roads.

Michal Biran teaches Inner Asian, Chinese, and Islamic history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jonathan Brack teaches Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Francesca Fiaschetti teaches Inner and East Asian History at the University of Vienna.


Subjective Lives and Economic Transformations in Mongolia, by Rebecca M. Empson; 178 pages; £20 (UCL Press, 2020)

Subjective Lives and Economic Transformations in Mongolia

Almost 10 years ago the mineral-rich country of Mongolia experienced very rapid economic growth, fuelled by China’s need for coal and copper. New subjects, buildings, and businesses flourished, and future dreams were imagined and hoped for. This period of growth is, however, now over. Mongolia is instead facing high levels of public and private debt, conflicts over land and sovereignty, and a changed political climate that threatens its fragile democratic institutions.

Subjective Lives and Economic Transformations in Mongolia details this complex story through the intimate lives of five women. Building on long-term friendships, which span over 20 years, Rebecca documents their personal journeys in an ever-shifting landscape. She reveals how these women use experiences of living a ‘life in the gap’ to survive the hard reality between desired outcomes and their actual daily lives. In doing so, she offers a completely different picture from that presented by economists and statisticians of what it is like to live in this fluctuating extractive economy.

Rebecca M. Empson is Professor of Anthropology at UCL. Alongside teaching in the Department of Anthropology, her research has focused on personhood, ownership, memory and material culture (Harnessing Fortune, 2011), and forms of temporary possession in the global economy (Cultural Anthropology, 2019).



Politics and Literature in Mongolia (1921-1948), by Simon Wickhamsmith; 360 pages; €115 (Amsterdam University Press, 2020)

Politics and Literature in Mongolia (1921-1948)

This study investigates the relationship between literature and politics during Mongolia's early revolutionary period. Between the 1921 socialist revolution and the first Writers' Congress, held in April 1948, the literary community constituted a key resource in the formation and implementation of policy. At the same time, debates within the party, discontent among the population, and questions of religion and tradition led to personal and ideological conflict among the intelligentsia and, in many cases, to trials and executions. Using primary texts, many of them translated into English for the first time, Simon Wickhamsmith shows the role played by the literary arts - poetry, fiction and drama - in the complex development of the "new society," helping to bring Mongolia's nomadic herding population into the utopia of equality, industrial progress and social well-being promised by the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party.

Simon Wickhamsmith is a scholar and translator of modern Mongolian literature. He teaches in the Writing Program and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University.


Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border, by Sören Urbansky; 392 pages; $39.95 (Princeton University Press, 2020)

Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border

The Sino-Russian border, once the world’s longest land border, has received scant attention in histories about the margins of empires. Beyond the Steppe Frontier rectifies this by exploring the demarcation’s remarkable transformation—from a vaguely marked frontier in the seventeenth century to its twentieth-century incarnation as a tightly patrolled barrier girded by watchtowers, barbed wire, and border guards. Through the perspectives of locals, including railroad employees, herdsmen, and smugglers from both sides, Sören Urbansky explores the daily life of communities and their entanglements with transnational and global flows of people, commodities, and ideas. Urbansky challenges top-down interpretations by stressing the significance of the local population in supporting, and undermining, border making.

Sören Urbansky is a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. He is the author of Kolonialer Wettstreit: Russland, China, Japan und die Ostchinesische Eisenbahn.


The State, Popular Mobilisation and Gold Mining in Mongolia, by Dulam Bumochir; 180 pages; FREE (UCL Press, 2020)

State Popular Mobilisation and Gold Mining in Mongolia

Mongolia's mining sector, with its environmental and social costs, has been the subject of prolonged and heated debate. This debate has often cast the country as either a victim of the 'resource curse' or guilty of 'resource nationalism'.

In this book, Dulam Bumochir aims to avoid the pitfalls of this debate by adopting an alternative theoretical approach. He focuses on the indigenous representations of nature, environment, economy, state and sovereignty that have triggered nationalist and statist responses to the mining boom. In doing so, he explores the ways in which these responses have shaped the apparently 'neoliberal' policies of twenty-first century Mongolia, and the economy that has emerged from them, in the face of competing mining companies, protest movements, international donor organisations, economic downturn, and local and central government policies.

Applying rich ethnography to a nuanced and complex picture, Bumochir's analysis is essential reading for students and researchers studying the environmental and mining, especially in Central and North East Asia and the post-Soviet regions, and also for readers interested in the relationship between neoliberalism, nationalism, environmentalism and the state.

Dulam Bumochir completed his PhD in Philology at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences in 2000, and in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University in 2006. He has been conducting research on a wide range of topics, exploring folk and shamanic practices, rituals and chants, and tracing the historical construction of the Mongolian concepts of shamanism and shamanic religion. In work on Qinghai, in north-western China, he looked at ethnic politics and the power of respect in the social production of identity, politics and the state.


Shaping Urban Futures in Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar, Dynamic Ownership and Economic Flux, by Rebekah Plueckhahn; 190 pages; FREE (UCL Press, 2020)


What can the generative processes of dynamic ownership reveal about how the urban is experienced, understood and made in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia? Shaping Urban Futures in Mongolia provides an ethnography of actions, strategies and techniques that form part of how residents precede and underwrite the owning of real estate property – including apartments and land – in a rapidly changing city. In doing so, it charts the types of visions of the future and perceptions of the urban form that are emerging within Ulaanbaatar following a period of investment, urban growth and subsequent economic fluctuation in Mongolia’s extractive economy since the late 2000s.

Following the way that people discuss the ethics of urban change, emerging urban political subjectivities and the seeking of ‘quality’, Plueckhahn explores how conceptualisations of growth, multiplication, and the portioning of wholes influence residents’ interactions with Ulaanbaatar’s urban landscape. Shaping Urban Futures in Mongolia combines a study of changing postsocialist forms of ownership with a study of the lived experience of recent investment-fuelled urban growth within the Asia region. Examining ownership in Mongolia’s capital reveals how residents attempt to understand and make visible the hidden intricacies of this changing landscape.

Rebekah Plueckhahn is Research Associate in the Anthropology Department at UCL. Trained in anthropology, as well as ethnomusicology and history, Rebekah has conducted research in Mongolia since 2008, researching subjectivity, ethics, economy, capitalism, urbanism, performance, ownership, music and postsocialist cultural practice. Her latest research interests include the making of urban forms in Mongolia, the ways urbanism intersects with financialisation and the ways that understanding the urban in Mongolia can contribute to urban theory more generally. Rebekah obtained her PhD from the Australian National University. Her past awards include the 2014 Article Prize from the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS).


Young Mongols: Forging Democracy in the Wild, Wild East,  by Aubre Menarndt; Pre-order link (Penguin, 2020)

Young Mongols

In 1990, Mongolia’s youth-led revolution threw off the Soviet yoke, ushering in multi­party democracy. Thirty years later, the country’s youth are still leading Mongolia’s democratic development.

This powerful, inclusive book introduces readers to modern Mongolia through the stories of young leaders fighting to make their country a better, more democratic place. Its intersectional perspective explores the complexity of Mongolia today: the urban planning and pollution issues that plague the capital city of Ulaanbaatar; the struggles of women, the LGBTQIA population, people with disabilities, and ethnic minorities to claim their equitable places in society; the challenge of providing education in the world’s least densely-populated country to prepare the workforce of tomorrow; and how to fairly divide the spoils of the country’s vast mineral resource wealth.

This rising generation of Mongolians is already wielding real power and shaping their country's future. Their work will determine whether the country is able to overcome its development and democratization challenges, its relationship to the world, and who the winners (and losers) will be in Mongolian society.

Aubrey Menarndt lived in Mongolia as a Luce Scholar from 2015 to 2016. She’s worked on democracy and governance issues in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Central America, and the United States.

Aubrey is an expert on political transitions, elections, and democracy. She’s been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Politico, the South China Morning Post, and more.

Aubrey earned an MPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College. She is a Critical Language Scholar (Russian) and a Truman National Security Project Fellow. Young Mongols is her first book.