Darren Byler
Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington

I received my PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington in 2018. My research focuses on Uyghur dispossession, culture work and "terror capitalism" in the city of Ürümchi, the capital of Chinese Central Asia (Xinjiang). I have published research articles in Contemporary Islam, Central Asian Survey, the Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art and contributed essays to volumes on ethnography of Islam in China, transnational Chinese cinema and travel and representation. My analysis has appeared in Time, The Economist and the Wall Street Journal among other publications. In addition, I have published Uyghur-English literary translations (with Mutellip Enwer) in Guernica and Paper Republic.


For more on my work, please visit my repository of emerging forms of art and politics called
The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia