Sam Tynen, Ph.D.


  • China, Central Asia, post-Soviet borderlands
  • Nationalism and state-building
  • Authoritarianism and ethnic conflict
  • Migration


2012-2019 PhD, Geography, University of Colorado Boulder

2018       Gilbert F. White Doctoral Fellowship
2016-17  Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI 1633894), National Science Foundation
2014-17  Graduate Research Fellowship Program (DGE 1650115), National Science Foundation
2013        East Asia and Pacific Summer Intensive (EAPSI 1311118), National Science Foundation
2011-12  Fulbright Scholarship



Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Journal Articles


Forthcoming Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Work

  • Tynen, S. A Diverse China: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Uyghur Life. London: IB Tauris.

Forthcoming Book


Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Book Chapters

  • Tynen, S. 2019. “Development and Inequality in Urban China: The Privatization of Homeownership and the Transformation of Everyday Practice.” In Neoliberal Urbanism: Contested Cities and Housing in Asia, edited by Yi-Ling Chen and Hyun Bang Shin, 147-170. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


Other Scholarly Publications

  • Tynen, S. 2019. “Uneven State Territorialization: Governance, Inequality, and Survivance in Xinjiang, China.” PhD dissertation, University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • Tynen, S. 2014. “Uneven Housing Development and the Spatial Negotiation of Class in Nanjing, China.” Master’s thesis, University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • Tynen, S. 2011. “Ethno-Diplomacy and the International Uyghur Political Movement: The Puzzle of Chinese-Turkish Relations.” The Elliott School of International Affairs Undergraduate Scholars Journal 2: 20-45. The George Washington University: Washington, DC.

Book Reviews

Review Essays