An associate professor in the Department of History at the National University of Mongolia, visiting scholar Delgerjargal Purevsuren came to Indiana University this year to continue a series of research projects, some of which had been started on an earlier visit to Bloomington. Dr. Purevsuren’s work, as he explained recently to the IAUNRC e-News, is focused on an analysis of early Chinese sources related to “proto-Mongols,” or those nomadic groups that inhabited what is now Inner Asia. In particular, Dr. Purevsuren explained, he is looking into the formation of various groups on the territory of modern-day Mongolia prior to the time of Chingiz Khan.
Dr. Purevsuren came to IU courtesy of the Open Society Foundations’ Faculty Development Fellowship program, an opportunity that has given him the freedom to pursue a number of research interests while also attending a class or two. In addition to his research, he noted, he is also taking full advantage of the university’s academic and library-based resources: one of his intended goals for his stay at IU is to develop course materials for classes to be taught at the National University of Mongolia.