BiographyTuya Shagdar received a B.A. in Literature and Linguistics from Mongolian University of Humanities and a M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently she is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Social and cultural Anthropology at the National University of Mongolia, where she is a part time faculty member of the department and teaches courses that focus on themes of socialism and post-socialism, films that are related to these experiences, political anthropology as well as theories related to urban space in social context.
Currently she is working on developing her dissertation towards pastoralism and land appropriation policies in rural Mongolia. In the past she carried out field research related to pastoral policies in the Zavkhan province. This year in collaboration and support from a scholar at the University of Cambridge she is planning to work on a research article related to Pasture User Groups located in rural areas. Since starting her PhD studies she has received four fellowships that support her dissertation research, which include, Academic Fellowship from Open Society Forum, Institutional Development Grant from Wenner-Gren Foundation, Doctoral Research Fund from Swiss Development Agency in Sustainable Pastureland Management and this Comparative Postconflict Recovery at Emory Univeristy.