Researchers

Holly Barcus: Assistant Professor, Macalester CollegeDr. Holly Barcus
Holly Barcus is an Associate Professor of Geography at Macalester College.  Her research focuses on the intersection of migration and rural community change with an explicit focus on how migration of ethnic minorities is changing the composition and character of rural places.  She works in both the rural United States, specifically in Appalachia and the Great Plains, and in western rural Mongolia.  One of the primary analytical and mapping tools that she uses in her research is a Geographic Information System; an invaluable tool for assessing spatial patterns and evaluating the underlying processes and factors that influence change at multiple scales.  She received her M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Ph.D. from Kansas State University, both in Geography.  She currently serves as a board member for the American Center for Mongolian Studies. 

Cynthia Werner: Associate Professor, Texas A&M UniversityDr. Cynthia Werner;www.cynthiawerner.com
Cynthia Werner is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on the links between culture, gender, and the economy, with special focus on the region of Central Asia. For the past eighteen years, she has conducted fieldwork in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia on topics that include transnational migration, international tourism development, bride abduction, the impacts of nuclear testing, gift exchange and bribery, and bazaar trade. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University and has taught at the University of Iowa and Pitzer College.  She is the Secretary of the Society for Economic Anthropology and a Board Member for the Central Eurasian Studies Society. She is currently the Department Head in the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University.

 

Research Assistants
Celia Emmelhainz: Research AssistantCelia Emmelhainz is a master's candidate in cultural anthropology at Texas A&M University. She worked as a research assistant with this project from May 2009-May 2010, studying issues of citizenship and the state in the migration of Mongolian Kazakhs. More recently, she has studied Kazakh in Kazakhstan as well as begun research on missionaries and the state in Central Asia.

 

 

 

Namara Brede, Research AssistantNamara Brede (BA Macalester College, 2010) spent two years working with Dr. Barcus as a research assistant for the Mongolian Kazakh Migration Project.  During this time, he analyzed and processed geographic data associated with the project, and also traveled to Mongolia with the research team in May-June 2009.  While there, he completed independent research on the changing socio-cultural landscape of Mongolian Kazakh Islam and Muslim identity, which formed the basis for his senior honors thesis.  Namara is now working toward a master's degree in geography at the University of British Columbia, where he plans to focus on spatial modeling of anthropogenic changes in grassland ecosystems.

 

Amangul Shugatai is a junior researcher at the Geography Institute at the Mongolian Academy of Science. She graduated from the Nanhua University of Taiwan in 2010, with a Master of Arts degree in International Relations - Asia Pacific Studies 2010.  Her undergraduate degree is Geographist and Geographical teacher from Mongolia National University in 2004.  She studied issues of migration policy of Kazakhstan. She worked as a research assistant with this project from June 2006 and June 2008- 2009.  More recently, she has studied ethnic Kazakhs in Mongolia as well as begun research on external migration trends of Mongolia at the national level and population settlement and contemporary urbanization issues of Mongolia.

 

Nurshash Shugatay is a teacher in Ulaanbaatar city from Mongolia. She graduated from Mongolian National University in Linguistics and completed a Masters Degree in Real Estate Land Economics. She worked as a research assistant with this project from May 2006 to July 2010. She also studied Linguistics in Russia to improve her language skills in 2008.