School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies


Elliot Sperling (1951-2017)

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Gustav Bayerle (1931-2016)

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Yuri Bregel (1925-2016)

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  • Professor Emeritus
  • Central Asian History & Historiography, Chagatai & Persian manuscript studies
  • Born in Moscow, left USSR in 1974
  • PhD, Institute of ORiental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1961
  • Came to IUB in 1981
  • Director, Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, 1986-1997; Director, IAUNRC, 1989-1997
  • Editor-In-Chief Emeritus, Papers on Inner Asia


Mihaly Szegedy-Maszak (1943-2016)

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Denis Sinor (1916-2011)

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  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus
  • Central Eurasian Studies
  • Born in Kolozsvar, left Hungary in 1939
  • BA, University of Budapest, 1938; MA, Cambridge University, 1948
  • Came to IUB in 1962
  • Was chair when the program became a department
  • Denis Sinor Prize is awarded annually for the best paper submitted by an IU student in a CEUS



Thubten Norbu (1922-2008)

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Alo Raun (1905-2004)

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  • Professor Emeritus
  • Finno-Ugric linguistics
  • Born in Tartu, left Estonia in 1944
  • MA & PhD, Tartu University, 1931 & 1942
  • Came to IUB in 1951 on a Guggenheim Fellowship, then taught here from 1952-1975
  • Alo Raun Prize rewards student excellence in Estonian and/or Finnish studies

Felix Oinas (1911-2004)

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  • Professor Emeritus
  • Balto-Finnic & Slavic folklore, Finno-Ugric literature & linguistics
  • Born in Tartu, left Estonia in 1944
  • MA, Tartu University, 1938, PhD, Indiana University, 1952
  • Came to IUB in 1950 as a student
  • Taught in the Program & subsequently the Department of Uralic Studies & Altaic Studies

Thomas Sebeok (1920-2001)

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  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus
  • Semiotics, Uralic & Altaic Studies
  • Born in Budapest, left Hungary in 1936
  • BA, University of Chicago, 1941; MA & PhD, Princeton University, 1943 & 1945
  • Came to IUB in 1943 to the country's largest Army Specialized Training Program in foreign languages, a program he later directed
  • Submitted federal grant proposals for an Uralic and Altaic Language & Area Center

Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3024
East Building, 3rd Floor
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500