Peer-Reviewed Publications

  •  “‘Why don’t you go to the mosque?’: the problem of epistemic deference in researching everyday ethnicity in Hui Muslim communities,” Nationalities Papers (forthcoming)
  • “Boundaries of Belief: Religious Practices and the Construction of Ethnic Identity in Hui Muslim Communities,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 40, no. 6 (2017): 988-1006
  • ‘Beautiful Country’(美国), An experimental study,” The China Quarterly 224 (December 2015):1070-1082 (With Peter H. Gries, Matthew A. Sanders and Huajian Cai)
  • “Everyday Nationalism: Constructivism for the Masses” Social Science Quarterly 96, no. 3 (September 2015): 717-739 (with J. Paul Goode)

Book Reviews

  • “Review: Ben Hillman and Gray Tuttle (eds.), Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang: Unrest in China’s West,” Nations and Nationalism 24, no. 3 (2018): 817-818

Other Publications

Working Projects

  • Love Your Country, Love Your Faith: The everyday politics of ethnicity in urban China (book manuscript)
  • “‘God is a Drug’: Han-Hui relations and regime legitimation in the Xi Jinping Era”
  • ““When Will You Go Back to Arabia?”: Populist Islamophobia and Han Chauvinism in China”
  • “Monopoly is the Message: Banal Nationalism and Autocratic Legitimation,” (with J.Paul Goode)
  • “On the Outside Looking In: Ethnography and Authoritarianism” (with J. Paul Goode)

Dissertation Project

“Modernization and Ethnicity in Urban China: A study of urban renewal projects in Hui minority neighborhoods” (defended August, 2017)

Contemporary China is a rapidly urbanizing society. As the state attempts to revitalize cities’ aging infrastructure through programs of urban renewal, many social and political challenges arise, especially when such efforts for renewal occur in ethnic minority neighborhoods. How do minority residents view such transformations of their neighborhoods? Do such projects activate ethnic boundaries, thus ethnicizing the process of urban renewal? This project utilizes qualitative data drawn from 151 interviews with various members of the community, including imams, entrepreneurs, scholars, and members of local Islamic associations; and ethnographic observations conducted at community locations such as mosques, markets, museums, and businesses in four cities (Beijing, Jinan, Yinchuan, and Xining) between July 2015 and July 2016. I find that migration from rural communities to concentrated urban enclaves (that frequently occurs during urban redevelopment) leads to interactions between Hui from different communities, and ultimately results in renewed contestation among residents regarding the content of Hui identity, and to internal boundary setting within the Hui community itself.

Recent Conference Presentations

  •  “Monopoly is the Message: Banal Nationalism and Autocratic Legitimation,”  (with J. Paul Goode) (presented at the 24th Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, May 2019)
  • “‘Why don’t you go to the mosque?’: the problem of epistemic deference in researching everyday ethnicity in Hui Muslim communities,” (presented as a part of the Workshop “Everyday nationalism in world politics” at the annual conference of the British International Studies Association, June 2018)
  • “Red Stamps, and Red Tape: protecting subjects and dealing with authoritarian bureaucracies in researching everyday ethnicity,” (presented as part of the Roundtable “Ethics and Accountability in Fieldwork” at the the 23rd Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, May 2018)
  • ““When Will You Go Back to Arabia?”: Populist Islamophobia and Han Chauvinism in China” (presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism at the London School of Economics, March 2018)
  • “‘Real Qingzhen restaurants only use clean ingredients’: the role of Islam, purity, and diet in the formation of Hui identity” (presented at the 22nd Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities 5/2/17)
  • “’Without Islam, we’re not Hui’: Islamic faith, daily rituals, and the performance of Hui identity” (presented at the Ethnographies of Islam in China Conference  at SOAS, London, 3/27 to 3/29/17)
  • “‘Seek knowledge even unto China’: using naivety as a strategy for studying everyday ethnicity in Chinese Islamic communities.” (presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, 2/24/17)
  • “Bridging the gap between minzu and umma: Islamic faith and Hui identity in contemporary China” (presented at the 20th Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities 4/24/15)
  •  “Inter-Ethnic Relations and regime legitimation in China: An Examination of Han- Hui Relationships in China’s Cities” (presented at the Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference 1/15 to 1/17/15)
  •  “Modernization and Ethnic Identity in Urban China” (presented at 19th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities 4/24 to 4/26/14)
  •  “Violence, Regime Legitimation and the Media in Xinjiang: An examination of state-media coverage of the 2009 Urumqi Riots” (presented at The Royal Netherlands Academy Masterclass: The ‘New Authoritarianism’: Russia and China in Comparative Perspective 11/27/13)
  • “Ethnicity and Maintaining the Chinese State,” (presented as part of the Roundtable “Identity and Legitimation in Authoritarian Regimes” at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Political Science Association 11/8/2013)
  • “Sightseeing in ‘Other Chinas’: tourism, development, ethnic identity and state-society relations in China’s southwest,” (presented at The Midwest Political Science Association 2013 Annual Conference 4/14/13)