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A Young Mongolist Dr.Christopher Pratt ATWOOD, Indiana University

Christopher Pratt ATWOOD

March15, 2015

Central Eurasian Studies Department

Goodbody Hall 157

1011 East 3rd Street

Bloomington, Ind., 47405-7005

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Bloomington, Ind., 47401

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Birth: February 9, 1964, Boston, Mass.



Indiana University, Central Eurasian Studies Department: Chair (July, 2007-June, 2013); Associate Professor (fall, 2002 on); Assistant Professor (fall 1996-spring, 2002)

Indiana University, Interim Director, Center for the Languages of the Central Asian Region, October, 2009-June, 2011

Indiana University, History Department: Adjunct Professor; Medieval Studies Program, Core Faculty

Inner Mongolia University, Visiting Professor, May, 2009-May, 2014

Contract interpreter for the U.S. State Department, 1990 to 2013


Ph.D., May, 1994, Indiana University, Bloomington. Major in Mongolian Studies, minors in history and East Asian languages and cultures. Dissertation: “Revolutionary Nationalist Mobilization in Inner Mongolia, 1925-1929.” Matriculated May, 1990.

M.A., May, 1990, Indiana University, Bloomington. Major in Mongolian studies, minor in Tibetan studies. Matriculated August, 1988.

A.B. summa cum laude, May, 1986. Harvard University. Concentration in Chinese and Mongolian studies. Matriculated September, 1982.

High School diploma, June, 1982. Commonwealth School, Boston, Mass. Entered Sept. 1979.


Awards, Fellowships, and Honors

Honorary Doctorate, conferred by the Institute of History, Academy of Sciences of Mongolia, December 11, 2011


Order of the Polar Star, conferred by the President of Mongolia, July 11, 2011.

International Scholar in Open Society Institute’s Academic Fellowship Program, August, 2012-July, 2013, renewed for August, 2013-July, 2014 ($5,000 stipend and travel per year).

International Mentor in Open Society Institute’s Central Asian Research and Teaching Initiative ($8,400 stipend and travel) and Faculty Development Program, January, 2009 to May, 2012.

Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, academic year 2006-07. $50,000 stipend.

Harvard Trustman Travel Fellowship, 1986. Used for travel in Inner Mongolia, Qinghai, Xinjiang, and Yanbian (1986-7), observing the present situation of the Mongols in China and ethnic relations in autonomous areas of the PRC.

Harvard College Library Undergraduate Book Collectors Prize, 1986, for my collection of Inner Asian books.


Scholarly Publications

(* indicates refereed publications)

*YoungMongols and Vigilantes in Inner Mongolia Interregnum Decades, 1911-1931. 2 vols. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002. 1,168 pp.

*“Mongols, Arabs, Kurds, and Franks: Rashīd al-Dīn’s Comparative Ethnography of Tribal Society.” In Rashīd al-Dīn as an Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran, ed. Anna Akasoy, Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, and Charles Burnett, pp. 223-50. London: Wartburg Institute, 2013.

*“How the Mongols Got a Word for Tribe—and What It Means.” Menggu shi yanjiu 蒙古史研究/Studia Historica Mongolica (Höhhot)no. 10 (2010), pp. 63-89.

*“Өвөр Монголын зохиолч Сайчунгаагийн зарим хэвлэгдээгүй зохиолууд [Some Unpublished Works by the Inner Mongolian Author Saichunga]” Mongolica (Ulaanbaatar), vol. 12 (2002), pp. 293-303.

*“A Romantic Vision of National Regeneration: Some Unpublished Works of the Inner Mongolian Poet and Essayist Saichungga,” Inner Asia 1.1 (1999), 3-43.

*“National Questions and National Answers or, How Do You Say Minzu in Mongolian?” in Indiana East Asian Working Paper Series on Language and Politics in Modern China, no. 5 (July, 1994), 36-73.

*“The Marvellous Lama in Mongolia: The Phenomenology of a Cultural Borrowing,” Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 46 (1992/3), 3-30.

Scholarly Papers Presented

(* indicates invited presentations)

*“Archives and Objectivity: Observations on the Mongolian and American Historiographical Experiences.” Cross-Regional Discipline Group Meeting of the Academic Fellowship Program, Open Society Institute. Istanbul, Nov. 17, 2013.

*“The Appanage Community: A New Model for Understanding Social Structure in the Pre-Modern Mongolian Plateau.” Symposium on “The Steppes: Crucible of Eurasia.” Miami University, Oxford OH, November 30, 2012

*“Genealogical Discourse in the Mongol Empire.” Mongolia in Anthropological Research: Recent Decades. Department of Social Anthropology, National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, July 19, 2012.

*“Religion and Revolution in Independent Mongolia: Experiments in Hypothetical History.” At Conference on the 100th Anniversary of Mongolian Independence, sponsored by the Academy of Sciences of Mongolia, December 9, 2011.

*“Bedouins, Mongols, and the Earliest Anthropology of Afro-Eurasian Dry Land Civilization.” At the 2nd International “Afro-Eurasia Inner Dry Land Civilizations” conference, Nagoya University, January 24, 2010.

“1969: The Anti-Anniversary in the Dead-End Narrative of Inner Mongolian Nationalism.” At the conference “China’s Revolutionary Anniversaries: Remembering 1919, 1949, 1989,” Indiana University, February 20, 2009.

*“The Academic Tradition of Mongolian Studies in the U.S.A.” Conference ‘Academic Traditions of Mongolian Studies.’ Dankook University, October 29, 2008.

*“Inner Mongolian Nationalism and the Legacy of China’s New Policies, 1901-1928,” Central Eurasian Studies Departmental Colloquium, Bloomington, Ind., January 24, 2001.

*“Poems of Fraternity: Literary Responses to the Attempted Reunification of Inner Mongolia with the Mongolian People Republic.” Fourth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference. Bloomington, Ind., Feb. 8, 1997.



Regularly offered classes: C104 “Mongol Conquest” (spring); R393/593 “Mongol Century” (fall); R360/560 “Modern Mongolia” (fall); R462/662 “Modern Inner Mongolia” (spring); R561: “Mongolia’s Middle Ages” (spring)

Other courses taught: “World in the Twentieth Century: Part II (1945 to present)”; “Modern Chinese History”; E103 “Great Wall of China”; E103: “Culture and Difference: The Mongolian Case.”; “Introduction to Ordos Documents”; “Problems of Nationalism in Central Eurasia” (with Prof. Elliot Sperling); Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Mongolian.

Five lectures on Mongolian studies at Minzu University in China, May 7-14, 2012, on the topics “Some Issues of Historiography in the Mongol World Empire,” “Tribes, Feudalism, and Ancient Nomadic Society,” “Some Outstanding Issues in the Secret History of the Mongols,” “On the Study of the Shengwu qinzheng lu,” and “The Present State of Anglo-American Mongolian Studies,” all delivered in Mongolian.

Participated in a round-table discussion on teaching lesser-taught languages, written up in Research & Creative Activity (IU Research of the University Graduate School publication), April, 2000.

Taped distance learning classes for Eastern Tennessee State University, on “Mongolia as an Asian Nation” (April 15, 1999), and “The Extraordinary Mongol Empire and the Ordinary Dynastic Cycle” (May 18, 2001).

Reference Works, Book Reviews and Other Service Publications

“Mongolia” for the Encyclopedia of Nations and Nationalism, ABC-Clio Press, in press.

“Mongolian Buddhism,” in the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd edition, in press.

“Mongolia.” World Encyclopedia of Political Systems and Parties, 4th ed. Edited by Neil Schlager and Jayne Weisblatt. 3 vols. New York, NY: Facts On File, Inc., 2006, 906-911.

Preface to Landlocked Cosmopolitan: Transnational Mongolia in the Twentieth Century, eds. Stephen Kotkin and Bruce Elleman. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1999, pp. xvii-xx.

Review of Herdsman to Statesman: The Autobiography of Jamsrangiin Sambuu of Mongolia, trans. Mary Rossabi, ed. Morris Rossabi. Inner Asia 14.2 (2012), pp. 403-05.

Review of The Early Mongols: Language, Culture and History. Studies in Honor of Igor de Rachewiltz on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday, ed. by Rybatzki, Volker, Alessandra Pozzi, Peter W. Geier and John R. Krueger (eds.). Journal of Asian History.

Review of Beyond Great Walls: Environment, Identity, and Development on the Chinese Grasslands of Inner Mongolia,by Dee Mack Williams, in Inner Asia 5 (2003), 193-195.

 Service to the Profession

Editorial Board, Inner Asia (Cambridge), 1999 to the present.

Editorial Board, Mongolian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (Ulaanbaatar), 2002 to present.

Inner Asian Book Review Editor, Journal of Asian Studies, July, 2003 to October, 2008.

Editor-in-chief, Mongolian Studies: The Journal of the Mongolia Society, 1997 to 2006.

Vice-President for Academic Affairs, American Center for Mongolian Studies, 2005 to present.

Board Member, American Center for Mongolian Studies, April, 2005 to the present.

Board Member, Mongolia Society, 1993 on. Secretary, Mongolia Society. 1995-97.


Memberships in Professional Organizations

Association for Asian Studies, August, 1988 to the present

Central Eurasian Studies Society, September, 2005, to the present

International Association of Mongol Studies, June, 1997, to the present

The Mongolia Society, September, 1983 to the present. Lifetime member, May, 2011.

Service to the University

Chair, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, July, 2007 to June, 2013.

Interim Director of the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (a Title VI Language Resource Center), October, 2010, to present. Wrote the 2010-2014 grant proposal, securing $1,349,053 of federal funding.

Chair, External Review of the India Studies Program at Indiana University, March 9-11, 2009.

Member, Strategic Languages and Cultures Taskforce, September, 2008 on.

Member, Advisory Board, Global Village – an international-theme residential community, September 2007 on.

Successfully nominated Mongolia’s former president Natsagiin Bagabandi for honorary doctorage of law at Indiana University, granted December 16, 2005.

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The biography has reviewed and confirmed by Prof. Delger, author of Mongolian Studies in UK and USA, Inner Mongolia University Library, Huhhot 010021, Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, P.R.China. Tel: +86-4992561; email: