- Ph.D. Candidate, Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies
Joshua Freeman’s dissertation, “Print Communism: Uyghur Official Culture Between China and the USSR,” demonstrates that socialist policies, implemented in China’s northwest borderlands long before the founding of the People’s Republic of China, enabled the small Sino-Soviet frontier community of Ili to transform its local culture into the new Uyghur national culture. He previously completed an MA in Uyghur literature at Xinjiang Normal University in Ürümchi, with a thesis on Uyghur modernist poetry.
Research Interests: Modern Chinese history, Uyghur history, cultural history, twentieth-century socialism