I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the Department of Languages & Cultures of Asia. My areas of interest are Central Asian cultural history (spanning the ages), Cultural Encounter, and Visual Culture.
During my eight-months as a Fulbright Graduate Student, I will be primarily conducting archival-based research in Saint Petersburg on my dissertation topic which combines my interests of Central Asia, colonial encounter, and early photography, specifically. My dissertation will contextualize the first photographic collections, compiled as elite albums around 1870, of the Central Asian regions once refered as Semirechye and Turkestan. I also hope to work on an article about Vasily Vasilevich Vereshchagin, about whom I wrote my Master's Thesis in 2003. He was the first colonial painter to represent Central Asians in an Orientalist-Realist style.