Ge Jian

Machmer 203


B.A. Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, 1999; Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle, 2016.

Area(s) of Specialization

Linguistic and Cultural Anthropology; East Asia and Central Asia.

Research Description

I am a linguistic and cultural anthropologist with a geographic focus on China. My work in general explores how language and power interact and operate in the discourses of race/ethnicity, class, gender and disabilities, and the inequalities this interaction generates in these discourses. My dissertation is an ethnography of the power dynamics between the international lingua franca English, the national language Mandarin Chinese and the local ethnic minority language Uyghur (a Turkic language) in Xinjiang in Northwestern China, a historically and geopolitically contested Muslim area at the crossroads of Eurasia.

Course Offering

Fall 2017

ANTHRO 105 Language, Culture and Communication

ANTHRO 397LG Language, Gender and Sexuality

Spring 2018

ANTHRO 105 Language, Culture and Communication

ANTHRO 397MC Islam and Muslim Cultures in China