Morgan Y. Liu is a cultural anthropologist studying Muslims in former Communist countries, the impact of oil extraction on Central Asian societies, urban space, and Islamic ideas of social justice. His broadest interests concern how Central Asians make sense of and act on their society’s structural problems. This includes using an ethnographic lens on the developing connections between Central Asia, Turkey, Russia, and China.
He is an Associate Professor in Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University. Before coming to the Ohio State University he was a postdoc at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University. His Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan in Anthropology.
Courses he teaches are about Middle Eastern culture, Central Asia, Islamic revival and social justice, and cultural theory.
His 2012 book, Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh, concerns how ethnic Uzbeks in the city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan think about political authority and post-Soviet transformations, based on research using vernacular language interviews and ethnographic fieldwork of urban social life from 1993 to 2011. This book won the Central Eurasian Studies Society’s 2014 award for Best Book on Central Eurasia in the Social Sciences published in 2012 or 2013.
- Morgan as Religion & World Affairs Blogger for the Huffington Post
- Twitter Postings (occasional)
- On Amazon Author Central
- Morgan is Blog Editor for the Central Eurasian Studies Blog, a scholarly exchange platform for the latest research on “Central Eurasia”, which including parts of the Middle East, South Asia, Russia, China, and Central Asia.