AREAS OF INTEREST
• Political Geography
• Ethnic Geography
• Central Asia
PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE
Professor, Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University, 2008 - Present.
Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University, 2001 - 2008.
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University, 1997 - 2001.
Assistant Director, Office of International Programs
Kennesaw State College, 1992 - 1995.
“Afghanistan Reconstruction in Regional Perspective,” (second coauthor with Gregory Gleason and Yuri Bosin), Central Asian Survey, Vol. 28, No. 3, September 2009, pp. 375-387. PR
“Multi-vector Politics and Kazakhstan’s Emerging Role as a Geo-strategic Player in Central Eurasia,” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 257-267. PR
“Dynamics of Islam, Identity, and Institutional Rule in Uzbekistan: Constructing a Paradigm for Conflict Resolution,” Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Vol. 40, No. 2 (June 2007), pp. 209-221. PR
“The New North-South Foreign Policy Design” (first co-author with Gregory Gleason), Central Asia’s Affairs: Quarterly Analytical Review, April 2007. PR
“Regional Electricity Integration: Panacea for Central Asia’s Economic Woes?” (first co-author with Gregory Gleason) Eurasianet, December 6, 2006.
“Muslims at the Crossroads: An Introductory Survey of Historical and Contemporary Aspects of Islam in Central Asia,” Education About Asia, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 39-42. PR
“The Academy Amid Authoritarianism: Challenges in the Democratization of Higher Education in Uzbekistan,” Conference Proceedings, Democracy and Education Conference, Kyiv, Ukraine, June 1-2, 2001, pp.72-77.
“Repression as Reform: Islam in Uzbekistan during the Early Glasnost Era,” Religion, State and Society, Vol. 29, No.2, pp. 1-13. PR
“Emerging Spatial Patterns of the Demographics, Labor Force and FDI in Uzbekistan,” Central Asian Survey, Vol. 19, Nos. 3-4, pp. 351-366. PR
“The ‘Fundamentalist’ Threat to Uzbekistan: Crisis or Chimera?” Analyst (web journal), Bi-Weekly Briefing, August 30, 2000.
“A Separate Space? Karakalpak Nationalism and Devolution in post-Soviet Uzbekistan.” Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 52, No. 5, 2000, pp. 939-953. PR
“Islam, Politics and Identity in Uzbekistan: Political and Cultural Landscapes in Central Asia’s Lynchpin State.” Arab World Geographer 2 (3): pp. 220-233. PR
"Directions in the Ethnic Politics of Kazakhstan: Concession, Compromise, or Catastrophe?" Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. XV, No. 1 (Spring 1998), pp. 143-162. PR
"The Islamic Factor in Nationalism and Nation-Building in Uzbekistan: Causative Agent or Inhibitor?", Nationalities Papers, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Fall, 1994), pp. 309-324. PR
"Religion and Law in Uzbekistan: Renaissance and Repression in an Authoritarian Context," in Regulating Religion: Case Studies from Around the Globe, edited by James Richardson, Kluwer, 2004, pp. 319-330.
"Civil Society and Identity in Uzbekistan: The Emergent Role of Islam," in Civil Society in Central Asia, edited by M. Holt Ruffin and Daniel Waugh, University of Washington Press, 1999, pp. 158-179. PR
Global Security Watch: Central Asia. Praeger Security International, In press.
Handbook of Geography Terms, Themes and Concepts, ABC-CLIO, Ltd., forthcoming.
Spain, (second co-author with Zok Pavlovic), Chelsea House Publishers, 2006.
Central Asia: A Global Studies Handbook, ABC-CLIO, Ltd., 2005.
Uzbekistan: World Bibliographical Series, ABC-CLIO, Ltd. 1999.
Geographic Perspectives: Culture, Environment & the Global Economy, coauthored with Eric Fournier, (Kendall Hunt, 1995).
Contemporary Issues in Geography (A reader for introductory human geography), (Kendall Hunt, 1993).
PR - Peer-reviewed
GRANTS & CONTRACTS RECEIVED
2008 Arts and Sciences Research Grant Plus One, Oklahoma State University ($6200) plus $1000 travel funding.
2005 IREX, "The North-South Project: the Politics of Infrastructure in Eurasia and the Middle East", (co-PI), $30000.
2005 Fellowship, Policy Seminar on conflicts in Central Asia, George Mason University.
2005 National Council for Eurasian and East European Research Travel Grant, $3000.
1999-2002 University Partnerships Grant, USIA. Amount: $406,959.
1996-1997 Program Director Fulbright-Hayes Faculty Development Project, funded by U.S. Department of Education. Amount: $51,700.
Association of American Geographers
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies
Association for the Advancement of Central Asian Research (member of Executive Council)
Association for the Study of Nationalities
Association of Third World Studies
Middle East Studies Association
Political Geography Speciality Group (AAG Affiliate)
Soviet & East European Speciality Group (AAG Affiliate)
Outstanding Professor, awarded by the Arts & Sciences Student Council, Oklahoma State University, April 23, 2010.
Phi Beta Delta, inducted November 17th, 2004.
Distinguished Teaching Award, National Council for Geographic Education, July 1, 2003.
ASFC Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence, Oklahoma State University, October 2, 2000.
Fulbright Scholarship, Tashkent State Economics University, Uzbekistan, 1995.
NEH Institute Fellowship, South Asian Civilization and Culture, East-West Center, University of Hawaii, Summer, 1994.