OASIES’s main method of communication is the Inner Eurasian News Google Group. Simply sign-up to this list-serve to receive notices about upcoming events and conferences.

Events and announcements are also posted to our Facebook Group!


For further correspondence please contact the following members of the OASIES executive committee:

Igor Rubinov, Princeton (

Holly Myers, Columbia (

Arash Afghahi, NYU (

Brinton Ahlin, NYU (


Igor Rubinov studies the role of migration in reshaping politics, policies and economies in the resource-poor states of post-Soviet Central Asia. He focuses on cultural practices connected to mobility that hold the potential to suture gaps left by a lack of state resources. His MA work at Clark University focused on Kyrgyz remittance use as it reconstitutes local spaces and promotes collective cohesion through exchange. His current PhD work at Princeton University extends to Tajik communities, as they cross borders to invite development to their front door.  He can be contacted at irubinov[at]

Brinton Ahlin works on beliefs and practices of hospitality in Tajikistan as a way of understanding cultural politics and trans-national economies in the post-Soviet period. He is a currently a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at New York University and can be reached at ahlin[at]



Professor Gulnar Kendirbai (History) is working with our organization in an advisory role. As a Columbia faculty member whose work is closely and comprehensively related to Inner Eurasia, she provides relevant feedback, guidance and expertise on our activities and initiatives. She can be contacted at gk2020[at]


Hannah Barker is a second-year PhD student in Medieval History. She is currently studying the slave trade between the Crimea, Mamluk Egypt, and Genoa from the late thirteenth century to the early fifteenth century. Her involvement in OASIES stems from an interest in individuals, such as merchants, envoys, and pilgrims, whose activities transcended traditional regional divisions of history. She can be contacted at hkb2106[at]

Darren Byler is a graduate of the Liberal Studies MA program in East Asian Studies and is currently studying in the Inner Eurasian region. His concentration of study centers on the historical and ecological processes involved in the incorporation of Xinjiang into the body politic of contemporary China. His interest in OASIES is an extension of his fascination with Uyghur society and culture as a uniquely positioned community between China and Central Asia. He is interested in scrutinizing the ways in which cultural hybridity and stability get enacted in a Central Asian/Chinese context. He can be contacted at dtbyler[at]

Kiri Haggans is a first-year Master of International Affairs candidate, focusing on economic and political development. She spent a year and half in Kyrgyzstan with the Peace Corps. Aside from giving her the chance to brush up her Kyrgyz, she was able to work in development on a community level. Her primary interest is in contemporary gender issues (most notably, bride kidnapping) in Central Asia. She can be contacted at kfh2111[at]

Katharine Holt is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. At Columbia she has completed coursework in Central Asian history and the sociology of multi-ethnic societies, as well as in Russian literature (her major field) and Balkan Studies (her minor field). She also has earned an advanced certificate from the Harriman Institute. Katie is currently working on her dissertation, which explores the processes by which Central Asia was made culturally Soviet in the 1920s and 1930s, and serving as an assistant in the Culture, Religion, and Communications Unit at Columbia University’s Global Health Research Center of Central Asia. She can be contacted at kmh2135[at]

Matt Lucas is a MIA student at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). His area of studies includes political and economic development in Central Asia with an interest in the role that religion plays. His involvement in OASIES is a continuation of his personal and professional experiences in Central Asia, particularly Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. He can be contacted at mal2203[at]

Anthony Shin is an M.A. student in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, focusing on the late Ottoman Empire. His interests include the forced migrations of Inner Eurasian societies under Ottoman and Russian imperial influence, as well as comparing the development of educational systems in the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia. He is currently teaching English in Seoul, Korea, and can be contacted at aks2115[at]

Jessica Teicher is a Liberal Studies MA student in Human Rights Studies. She also is a certificate candidate at the Harriman Institute. Her studies are focused on the cotton industry in Uzbekistan and how corporate social responsibility is emerging as a means of economic and political development in Uzbekistan, and post-Soviet Central Asia in general. Her interest in OASIES stems from several years of working in and studying the region. She can be contacted at jess.teicher[at]

Brant Wutzl is currently enrolled in Columbia’s Masters of Arts in Regional Studies, focusing on Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe. His concentration is on Central Asia, specifically Uzbekistan and more specifically, the Economic Development of Central Asian nations. His involvement in OASIES originates from a desire to introduce and promote open market economies in these nations in a responsible manner so as to reduce the incidence of poverty in Central Asia while fostering the necessary levels of oversight to facilitate greater levels of development. He can be contacted at bwutzl[at]

Grace Zhou received her BA in Linguistics and Anthropology. Her current MA research focuses on the affective quality of material ruins and how they’ve become politically consequential in the aftermath of Osh’s “June events.” In particular, she looks at the destruction of homes and businesses as well as subsequent reconstruction projects to examine how dispossession has affected local understandings of citizenship in Kyrgyzstan. Her past work addressed the role of language–of articulated linguistic attitudes as well as “covert” code-switching–in expressions of identity among youth in the Ferghana Valley. She can be contacted at hgz2103[at]