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About Me
Georgetown University

research professor

Research Topic, region and time period (one line)
Siberia, Far East current, Soviet, colonial

You and your research (brief description)
Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer is a cultural anthropologist with long-term, periodic field experience in Siberia and the Far East. Her current book project compares Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Buryatia and Tyva (Tuva). She is editor of the journal Anthropology and Archeology of Eurasia and of several books, including Religion and Politics in Russia (2010). Her monographs include Shamans, Spirituality and Cultural Revitalization (2012); and The Tenacity of Ethnicity (1999). Her periodic fieldwork in Siberia began in 1975-6 (with Ob-Ugrian Khanty), and since 1986 has focused on the Sakha Republic, with additional work in Tuva and Buryatia. She has been active in exchanges of Native American and Native Siberian leaders.

Key publication
Shamans, Spirituality and Cultural Revitalization (Palgrave 2012)

Key publication
2015 “Indigeneity, Land and Activism in Siberia” Land, Indigenous People and Conflict, Alan Tidwell, Barry Zellen, eds. Routledge, chpt. 1.

Key publication
The Tenacity of Ethnicity (Princeton 1999).

Arctic, Climate, Post-classical History, Anthropology, Religion and Mythology, Population and Demography, Environmentalism, Archaeology, People's history, Gender, Ethnicity, Language, World History, Russia, Lake Baikal, Siberia, Environmental Disasters, Conservation & Preservation, Nature Preserves & National Parks

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