School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Graduate Students


Elise Anderson
AdvisorGardner Bovingdon

Education History
Dual PhD in Central Eurasian Studies, Folklore and Ethnomusicology 
MA (2011), Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University
MA (2009), Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University 
BMA (2006), Voice, Oklahoma Baptist University 

Research Interests: Ethnomusicology and folklore; historical ethnomusicology; ethnographic research; comparative methodologies; intellectual histories; music and historical consciousness; symbolic transformations of the arts; Uyghurs; Xinjiang; minorities in China; Central Asia; meshrep; maqam/muqam traditions in China and Central Asia; dastan; music and musicians in the Uyghur diaspora

2012–13 Fulbright IIE Grant for dissertation research in Urumchi, China
2012 Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award, Mandarin
2012 East Asian Studies Conference Travel Award
2011 Central Eurasian Studies Conference Travel Award
2011 College of Arts and Sciences Conference Travel Award
2011 Pre-dissertation Research Grant, IU Office of the Vice President for International Affairs
2009 Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, Tajik
2008–09 Academic Year FLAS Fellowship, Uyghur
2008 IU Graduate and Professional Student Organization Travel Award
2008 Summer FLAS Fellowship, Tajik
2007–08 Academic Year FLAS Fellowship, Uyghur
2006 Summer FLAS Fellowship, Uyghur

2012 “The Construction of Āmānnisā Khan as a Uyghur Musical Culture Hero,” Asian Music 43 (1): 64–90. 
2009 Review of Intimate Heritage: Creating Uyghur Muqam Song in Xinjiang by Nathan Light, published in the Journal of Folklore Research Reviews (

Uyghur (high-advanced reading, writing, speaking) 
Mandarin (high-intermediate reading, writing, speaking) 
Tajik (basic reading, writing, speaking) 
Chaghatay (reading)
Literary Chinese (reading)
German (reading)

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