2014    The lama question: violence, sovereignty and exception in early socialist Mongolia, University of Hawai’i Press

 2004    Truth, History and Politics in Mongolia: the Memory of Heroes London: RoutledgeCurzon. Paperback edition, 2014.

 1999    Editor, Twentieth Century Mongolia (translation of B. Baabar’s XX zuuny Mongol) Cambridge: White Horse Press (Reprinted in 2005 by Global Oriental; and reprinted multiple times in Mongolia as The History of Mongolia).




Anthroenology: (with Julia Leijola)

The Oral History of Twentieth Century Mongolia:



Edited volumes and special issues of journals:

2011   ‘The Political Life of Documents: Archives, Memory and Contested Knowledge,’ special issue of History and Anthropology, 22(4) edited with Catherine Trundle

 2010    ‘Oral Histories of Socialist Modernities in Central and Inner Asia’, special issue of Inner Asia, 12(1). edited with U. Bulag and Y. Konagawa.

 2010    Editor, with David Sneath, The history of Mongolia. (3 volumes) Folkstone, Kent: Global Oriental.




 In preparation  ‘Pretentious prose and the evocative nose: translating the senses and the permeability of expert knowledge’

 In preparation  ‘Populating the exception: the governmentality of bare life’ to be submitted to Anthropological Theory

 2012    ‘Resorting to violence: technologies of exception, contingent states, and the repression of Buddhist lamas in 1930s Mongolia’ Ethnos 77(1):72-92.

 2011    ‘Archived relations: repression, rehabilitation and the secret life of documents in Mongolia’ The Political Life of Documents, special issue of History and Anthropology 22(4): 431-444.

 2011    ‘Introduction: the political life of documents’, with Catherine Trundle, History and Anthropology 22(4): 407-414.

 2010    ‘Data, basically: computers, context and anthropological data’. Inner Asia 12(1):47-60.

 2010    ‘Editorial Introduction’ with Uradyn Bulag and Yuki Konagawa, Inner Asia, 12(1):1-3.

 2008    ‘The end of post-socialism? An account of the 1st of July riots in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia,’ with Gregory Delaplace and David Sneath; Inner Asia 10(2): 353-365.

 2008    ‘Prelude to violence: show trials and state power in 1930s Mongolia’ American Ethnologist 35(2):321-337.

 2008    ‘Neither truth nor reconciliation: political violence and the surfeit of memory in post-Socialist Mongolia’ Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions. 9(2):371-388.

 2005    ‘The case of the disappearing Chinggis Khaan: dismembering the remembering’ Ab Imperio 4/2005: 147-173.

 2003    ‘Editor’s Introduction’ Inner Asia 5(2).

 1999    ‘Blame, guilt and avoidance: the struggle to control the past in post-socialist Mongolia’ History and Memory 11(2):94-114.

 1998    ‘Creating national identity in socialist Mongolia.’ Central Asian Survey. 17(1):35-49.

 1997    ‘One hundred years of history: changing paradigms in Mongolian historiography.’ Inner Asia: Occasional Papers. 2(1):48-68.

 1993    ‘Collective memory and Chingunjav’s rebellion.’ History and Anthropology 6(2-3):235-259.


Book chapters:

 Forthcoming (2015)    ‘Criminal lamas: court cases against Buddhist monks in early socialist Mongolia.’ Buddhism in Mongolia, Vesna Wallace, ed. Oxford University Press.

 Forthcoming    ‘Intimate documents: trust and secret police files in post-socialist Mongolia’ Intimacy, Trust and the Social, V. Broch-Due and M. Ystanes, eds. Berghahn.

 2010    ‘Introduction: Qing’ in The history of Mongolia. D. Sneath and C. Kaplonski, eds.  Folkstone, Kent: Global Oriental

 2010    ‘Introduction: Twentieth Century Mongolia’ in The history of Mongolia. D. Sneath and C. Kaplonski, eds. Folkstone, Kent: Global Oriental

 2010    ‘Democracy comes to Mongolia’ in The history of Mongolia. D. Sneath and C. Kaplonski, eds. Folkstone, Kent: Global Oriental

 2009    ‘Neither truth nor reconciliation: political violence and the surfeit of memory in post-socialist Mongolia’ Perpetrators, Accomplices and Victims in Twentieth-Century Politics: Reckoning with the Past. A. Khazanov and S. Payne, eds. London: Routledge

 2006    ‘Exemplars and heroes: the individual and the moral in the Mongolian political imagination’ in States of Mind: Power, Place and the Subject in Inner Asia, D. Sneath, ed. Bellingham: Western Washington University.

 2002    ‘Thirty thousand bullets: remembering political repression in Mongolia’ in Historical Injustice and Democratic Transition in Eastern Asia and Northern Europe: Ghosts at the Table of Democracy, Kenneth Christie and Robert Cribb, eds.London: RoutledgeCurzon.

 2001    ‘Reconstructing Mongolian nationalism: the view ten years on’ in Mongolian political and  economic development during the past ten years and future prospect. Taipei: Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission.

 2000    ‘The role of the Mongols in Eurasian history: a reassessment’ in The Role of Migration in the History of the Eurasian Steppe : Sedentary Civilization Vs. ‘Barbarian’ and Nomad, Andrew Bell, ed. New York: St. Martin’s Press.