The UCLA Program on Central Asia is led by the Asia Pacific Center and directed by Professor Domenico Ingenito (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures). The program promotes the interdisciplinary and interregional study of Central Asia, serving as an ‘intellectual crossroads’ at which scholars working on India, China, the Middle East and Europe can exchange ideas with visiting specialists on Central Asia itself to advance scholarship and understanding of the region.

Funding for the Program on Central Asia is provided by the UCLA International Institute and the US Department of Education Title VI International and Foreign Language Education Programs, with additional support from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the Department Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures.


Program on Central Asia Steering Committee

Domenico Ingenito

Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures

M√ľnir Beken

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Ethnomusicology

Mia Bennett

PhD Student

Kevan Harris

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Nancy Levine

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Monica L. Smith

Professor, Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian Studies

Ronald Vroon

Professor and Chair, Slavic Languages & Literatures

Min Zhou

Director, Asia Pacific Center