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Uyghur experts

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Experts on Uyghur

Dr Dru C. Gladney


Email: druatpomona [dot] edu


Dru C. Gladney, Ph.D. Social Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College, Claremont, California. Previously, President of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona (from 2006-2010); Professor of Asian Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa (from 1993-2006); Senior Research Fellow, East-West Center (1993-1998); Dean of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawai’i (1998-2000)1987). He has been a Fulbright Research Scholar in Turkey and China, and began his field research in Western China over 30 years ago, and carrying out more recent projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Malaysia. Dr Gladney conducts research on ethnic and cultural nationalism in Asia, with a specialty on the Muslim peoples of China, especially the Uyghurs, and focusing on issues of identity, economy, nation-state formation, transnationalism, and political development. Dr Gladney is one of the leading scholars examining the challenges facing China in the new millennium, with particular attention to the Uyghur people of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and in the diaspora.


Mr Henryk Szadziewski


Email: hszadatuhrp [dot] org
Phone: 001 202 478 1903


Henryk Szadziewski, BA (Hons) University of Leeds, M.Sc. University of Wales (Econ.), University of Wales, is Senior Researcher at the Uyghur Human Rights Project, Washington DC. He lived in China for five years, three of those in Xinjiang, and has traveled across Central Asia. He is proficient in Mandarin and studies the Uyghur language. Mr. Szadziewski has led a number of research projects concerning the human rights of the Uyghur people. He co-authored the 2011 report, They Can't Send Me Back: Uyghur Asylum Seekers in Europe, provides expert reports on Uyghur cases for the Dutch Refugee Council and advises immigration attorneys on Uyghur asylum claims. Mr. Szadziewski regularly offers commentary to broadcast and print media, such as The New York Times, BBC, The Daily Telegraph, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times and Radio Free Asia


Dr Joanne Smith Finley


Email: j [dot] smithfinleyatncl [dot] ac [dot] uk
Phone: +44 191 208 7485


Dr Smith Finley, BA (Hons), PhD, University of Leeds, Lecturer in Chinese Studies, Newcastle University. Her thesis focused on changing identities among the Muslim Uyghur nationality of Xinjiang, NW China, and contemporary Uyghur-Han relations. Her research interests include the formation, transformation, hybridisation and globalisation of identities among the Uyghurs of Xinjiang, NW China.


Dr Rachel Harris


Email: rhatsoas [dot] ac [dot] uk


Rachel Harris is a Reader at SOAS, University of London.  She is fluent in Uyghur and and other Chinese languages. She has traveled extensively in the Xinjiang region since 1991, including extended periods of field work in urban and rural locations. She publishes on Chinese minority policies, Uyghur national identity construction, popular music and resistance. She has published and blogged about social media in Xinjiang, and the 2009 inter-ethnic violence in the regional capital Urumchi. Her current research concerns the rise of new forms of Islam amongst the Uyghurs, and state policies towards Islam in Xinjiang. She has previous experience as an expert witness in Uyghur asylum cases in the UK.