Focusing on a Muslim-Chinese Conflict

Dru Gladney
Claremont, CA

Social Science International Affairs


Dru Gladney, PhD
President, Pacific Basin Institute
The Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College
As President of the Pacific Basin Institute in California, Dru Gladney can discuss, among other topics, ethnic and cultural nationalism in Asia, China, and anthropology.
Interview Language:
English,Mandarin Chinese
Contact Information:
Claremont, CA 91711
United States
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Dru C. Gladney is President of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, a research foundation widely recognized for its work enhancing understanding among the nations of the Pacific rim.  He also holds a position as a professor of Anthropology at Pomona College.  Gladney is the author of four books and more than 100 academic articles and book chapters on topics spanning the Asian continent.  He received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Dr. Gladney focuses his research on ethnic and cultural nationalism in Asia, specializing in the peoples, politics, and cultures of the Silk Road. A two-time Fulbright Research Scholar to China and Turkey, he has conducted long-term field research in Western China, Central Asia, and Turkey, for more than 25 years. His research languages include Mandarin Chinese, Turkish, Uyghur, Uzbek, Kazakh, and Russian. The results of his work have been featured on CNN, BBC, Voice of America, National Public Radio, al-Jazeerah, and in Newsweek, Time, the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.  Dr. Gladney’s publications have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, French, and German.

Gladney’s most recent book is Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects (University of Chicago Press, 2004). He is also the author of: Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People's Republic (Harvard, 2nd edition 1996) and Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority Nationality (Wadsworth, 1998); and the editor of Making Majorities: Constituting the Nation in Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Fiji, Turkey, and the U.S. (Stanford, 1998).  Gladney’s opinion editorials have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Straits Times, and the South China Morning Post.


 Gladney has held faculty positions and post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University; the University of Southern California; Kings College, Cambridge, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; the East-West Center, Honolulu; and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He has been a consultant to the Soros Foundation, Ford Foundation, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Getty Museum, National Academy of Sciences, European Center for Conflict Prevention, U.N. High Commission on Refugees, and UNESCO.  




Story Pitch

China's Chechnya?
The civil unrest in Bishkek, and Russia's on-going problems with terrorism emanating from the Caucasus region, indicate the dangerous neighborhood in which Xinjiang lies, China's westernmost province.
Recent Publications/Appearances


September 11, 2011 LA Times "How China kept lid on Ramadan"

September 8, 2011 Reuters "Insight: China's war on terror widens Xinjiang's ethnic divide"

August 10, 2011 Bloomberg "Colleges Silent as China Bans U.S. Professors"

August 9, 2011 Reuters/Trust Law "Land seizures in China's Kashgar fuel anger among Uighurs"

August, 3 2011 Tibetan Review: "China fingers friend Pakistan in its bogey Xinjiang terror tale"

June 6, 2011 GlobalPost "China: Does it have a radical Islam problem?"

Dec 27, 2010 The Huffington Post "China's Sudan Predicament"

Dec 19, 2010 University World News "CHINA: Time to reassess minority education policy?"

Nov 17, 2010 LA Times "China to turn Silk Road city into special economic zone"

Nov 12, 2010 The National "China's Muslims join the Haj, at a high cost"

Oct 22, 2010 The Wall Street Journal "China Courts Secessionists in Sudan, Breaking a Mold"

Sept 27, 2010 Newsweek "A New Shenzhen"

Sept 4, 2010 The Seattle Times "Unease still Simmers in China's Muslim West"

July 5, 2010 AFP "Job discrimination riles China's Uighurs"

Jan 28, 2010 The Muslim Observer "A Chinese Muslim in the U.S.: Religion and Nationality"

July 16, 2009 Wall Street Journal "China’s Ethnic Fault Lines” 

July 9, 2009 Yale Global “An Ethnic Struggle in China Goes Global


2004 University of Chicago Press and London: C. Hurst Publishers Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects  

1998 Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority  Case Studies in Social Anthropology.  Series editors, George and Louise Spindler.  New York, London, Tokyo: Wadsworth, Publishers.  167 pages, 20 personal b&w photos, 5 maps, 3 figures.  

1996 Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People's Republic Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Council on East Asian Studies.  (Winner of the Phi Kappa Phi Award). 1st Edition, 1991. Third Printing.  399 pages, 18 personal b&w photos, 8 maps, 3 figures.

1998 Stanford University Press Making Majorities: Constituting the    in Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Fiji, Turkey, and the United States.          

2000 Special journal issue on Xinjiang,  Inner Asia. Vol. 2, No. 2.  Co-edited with Gardner Bovingdon. 

2009.  “Ethnic Relations” In Linsun Cheng,, editor, Berkshire Encyclopedia of China. Gt, Barrington, Massachusetts: Berkshire Publishing Group, LLC. Pp 771-777.  

2008.  "Islam in China: Historical Perspectives, " "Islam in China since 9/11: The Challenge of Muslim Identity in the People's Republic" In Wiebke Koenig and Karl-Fritz Daiber, Editors, Religion und Politik in der Volksrepublik China. Würzburg (Germany): Ergon Verlag. Pp 63-100, 313-337.


April 1, 2009 Center for Chinese Studies "Whither Islam in China? Post 9/11 and Post-Olympics Developments"



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