Brief bio

Laura Adams has been studying national identity in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Central Asia since 1988. Her research has covered topics ranging from nationalist mobilization and violent protest during the end of the Soviet era to, more recently, exploring the interactions between globalization and the nation-state in the context of the visual and performing arts and applying theories of governmentality to contemporary Central Asian societies. She has published her work on these topics in Comparative Studies in Society and History, Europe-Asia Studies, and Slavic Review, in addition to contributing chapters to edited volumes on state-society relations in Central Asia, research methods for measuring identity, and comparing sovereignty after empire in the Middle East and Central Asia. She has also conducted joint research projects with Central Asian colleagues on elite attitudes about ethnic and religious tolerance in Central Asia, and on civil society and national ideology in Uzbekistan. Her book, The Spectacular State: Culture and National Identity in Uzbekistan was published in 2010 by Duke University Press. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University and at Princeton University, where she also taught courses in sociology and Central Asian studies. Currently she is teaching in the Sociology Department of Harvard University and is the M.A. program Academic Advisor at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies where she is also the Director of the Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus. Laura received her B.A. in sociology and Russian area studies from Macalester College and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota.