China, Islam, transnationalism, political and historical anthropology, Yannan Province (China).
Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
Lesley R. Turnbull is Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Cornell University, and her B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin. Turnbull specializes in political and historical anthropology, the anthropology of China, and global Islam with a particular focus on Asia. She is currently completing a book manuscript tentatively titled Localizing the Trans/National: Islamic ‘Authenticity’ on China’s Peripheries. Her research focuses on how Hui Muslims in Yunnan Province have negotiated the changes in their region since China's economic reforms and "opening up", and specifically investigates the ways in which imagined connections with the transnational Umma work on the local level. By attending to the ways in which Islam is uniquely localized in Yunnan, Turnbull’s research destabilizes both “Islam” and “China” as totalizing, monolithic forces that, whether through orthodox religious authority or though governmental disciplinary techniques, impose identities and practices on the peoples who participate in those worlds. Turnbull has spent more than five years in China, teaching and conducting ethnographic and textual research. Her dissertation research in Yunnan was funded by a Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship. Recently she was awarded the Society for East Asian Anthropology’s Bestor Prize for her paper “In Pursuit of Islamic “Authenticity”: Localizing Muslim Identity on China’s Peripheries.”
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