Humboldt Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Department Integration and Conflict
Knowledge, Power, Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Construction of Collective Identity State and Empire building and Political Order in pre-modern Eurasia, Post-Socialist TransitionResearch Area(s)
Mongolia and Central EurasiaC. V.
Lhamsuren Munkh-Erdene is currently a Humboldt Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and a professor of History and Anthropology at the National University of Mongolia. He earned his doctorate in History and Area Studies from Hokkaido University, Japan, in 2004, and held research fellowships at Stanford University, 2008-2009, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2009-2011, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2012-2013.Contact
Tel.: +49 (0) 345 2927 144
Since Apr. 2015
Humboldt Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany,
Since Jun. 2014
Professor, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, National University of Mongolia (NUM)
Ph.D. in History and Area Studies, Hokkaido University, Japan
Dissertation: “Mongolian Identity and Nationalism: Origin Transformation and Nature (From the thirteenth century to the mid-1920s)”.
M.A. in History, NUM (summa cum laude)
George Kennan Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, NUM, Mongolia
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Stanford Humanities Center Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
Professor and Chair, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, NUM, Mongolia
Senior Lecturer, Department of History, NUM, Mongolia
Lecturer, Department of History, NUM, Mongolia
Assistant Lecturer, Department of History, NUM, Mongolia
Areas of Specialization
Knowledge, Power, Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Construction of Collective Identity, and State and Empire building and Political Order in pre-modern Eurasia, and Post-Socialist Transition
Central Eurasian Studies Society
Inner Asia, Member of Editorial Board
POLICY ANALYSIS AND CONSULTING EXPERIENCE
Higher Education Governance, University Organization and Governance, Higher
Education Financing, Institutional Capacity Building, and Curriculum
Policy Fellowships and Consulting Experience
12. 2013-06.2014 International Higher Education Governance Specialist for Higher Education Reform Project, Mongolia (Funded by Asian Development Bank),
2007-2009 Global Policy Fellow, Institute for Higher Education Policy,
Washington D.C., USA,
2007-2008 Policy Research Fellow, Open Society Forum-Mongolia
Current projectsMaking Mongolia Multi-Ethnic: Knowledge, Power and Identity
A. Articles in peer-reviewed journals:
2011 “Where did the Mongol Empire come from? Medieval Mongol Ideas of People, State and Empire”, Inner Asia, Vol. 13, Number 2, pp. 211-237.
2010 “The 1640 Great Code: an Inner Asian Parallel to the Treaty of Westphalia”, Central Asian Survey, Vol. 29. Number 3, pp. 269-288.
2010 “The Transformation of Mongolia’s Political System: From Semi-parliamentary to Parliamentary?”, Asian Survey, Vol. 50. Number 2, pp. 311-334.
2009 “Beneath the Headless State and Beyond the Aristocratic Orders”, Ab Imperio, Vol. 4: pp. 135 143.
2008 “Selling of Good Father’s Name: Legitimacy, Pride and Commodity. (Commemoration of Chinggis Khan in Modern Mongolia)”, Bulletin, Vol. 24: pp. 35-46.
2007 “Mongolia’s Political System in Transformation: From Semi-Presidentialism to Parliamentarism?”, Asia Japan Journal, Vol. 3. pp. 119-121. (in Japanese).
2006 “The Mongolian Nationality Lexicon: From the Chinggisid Lineage to Mongolian Nationality (From the seventeenth to early twentieth century)”, Inner Asia, Vol. 8, Number 1, pp. 51-98.
B. International conference papers, and talks (major):
2013 “Writing Mongolia Ethnologically: From Ethnological to Ethnic”, A paper presented at the Conference entitled “The Visible and the Invisible: Institutions and Identities in Contemporary Central Asia”, CASCA Halle-Zurich Centre for the Anthropological Study of Central Asia, University of Zurich and Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology, Zurich, Switzerland, December 20-22, 2013.
2013 “Making Mongolia Tribal: The Qing Transformation and the Rise of European Ethnological Paradigm” A paper given at the Advanced Seminar on East Asian Studies, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth, New Hampshire, USA, March 4, 2013
2013 “Mongolia’s Nationality Policy: Making Mongolia Multi-Ethnic”, An Inner
Asian and Altaic Studies lecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, February 6, 2013.
2012 “Imperial Incorporation and the Political Order in Pre-Modern Eurasia: The Chinggisid and the Qing incorporations in Comparison”, A paper given at the roundtable on “The Nature of the Manchu Qing Empire and of its Relations with other polities in Asia”, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, December 5-8, 2012.
2011 “The Irony of Mongolia’s Independence: Making the Mongols Mongolic and Mongolia Multi-Ethnic”, A paper presented at the Conference on “Mongolian Sovereignty and the Mongols”, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, December 9-12, 2011.
2011 “Mongolia’s Post-Socialist Transition: A Great Neoliberal Transformation”, A paper presented at the Conference on “Mongolians After Socialism: Economic Aspiration, Political Development, and Cultural & Spiritual Identity”, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, June 27-29, 2011.
2011 “The Qing Transformation of Mongolia: Structural Ethnicization and
Tribalization of Mongolia ”, A paper presented at the international workshop entitled “Administrative and Colonial Practices in Qing Ruled China: Lifanyuan and Libu Revisited”, Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany, April 7-8, 2011.
2010 “Mongolia’s Nationality Policy: The Construction of Multi-Ethnic Mongolia”, A paper presented at Ethnologisches Seminar, University of Zurich, Switzerland, November 22, 2010.
2010 “Where did the Mongol Empire come from: A Tribal World or an Aristocratic Order Or? Medieval Mongol Ideas of People, State and Empire”, A paper presented at the international roundtable entitled “The Nature of the Mongol Empire and its Legacy”, Centre for Studies in Asian Cultures and Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria, November 4-6, 2010.
2009 “Mongols’ Origin Myth during the Qing Dynasty: Statehood and the Chinggisid Lineage,” A paper presented at the panel entitled “Mongolia: On the Eve of Modernity”, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA, April 29, 2009.
2009 “Ethnic Identities in Mongolia: A Culture of Division”, A paper presented at the Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA, March 12, 2009.
2009 “The Enmity of Independency: Ethnic and National Identities in Mongolia”, A paper presented at the Eurasian Studies Working Group, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA, October 21, 2008.
2006 “Mongolian Identity and Imperial Order”, A paper presented at The Second International Conference of Asian Philosophical Association, Busan National University, Busan, South Korea. October 26-29, 2006.
2006 “Ulus and Irgen: Statehood and Mongolian Identity (from the thirteenth to the fourteenth century)”, A paper presented at the Ninth International Congress of the Mongolists, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, August 8-12, 2006.
2006 “Who Governs Mongolia: Semi-Presidentialism or Parliamentarism plus Cartel?”, A paper presented at the Thirteenth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference, Indiana University at Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, April 8, 2006.
2003 “Inquiry into Mongolian Nationalism through terms and concepts (from the late nineteenth century to the mid-1920s)”, A paper presented at the annual meeting of The Mongolia Society held in conjunction with The Association for Asian Studies, New York, USA, March 26-30, 2003.
C. Publications in Mongolian (major):
2000 Attila and European Huns. Ulaanbaatar: Soyombo Printing.
2000 Lectures on the Philosophy of History. Ulaanbaatar: Admon Press.
1999 Theoretical and Methodological Problems of Historical Research. Edited together with Boldbaatar, J. and Sodnom, Sh. Ulaanbaatar: Admon Press.
Peer-reviewed Articles (major):
1999 “Notes on the Modernist theory of Nationhood”, Studia Historica Instituti
Historiae Academiae Scientiarum Mongoli, Vol. 31 pp. 101-8.
1999 “Red Revolution in Mongolia: The Proclamation of the People’s Republic and the Adoption of the First Constitution of Mongolia and its Social and Political Ramifications”, in Tsanjid (ed.) Mонголын шинэ түүхийн зарим асуудлууд. Ulaanbaatar: Admon Press. pp. 59-75.
1990 “The Form and the Nature of the People’s Government, 1921-1924”, Studia
Historica Instituti Historiae Academiae Scientiarum Mongoli, Vol. 25, pp. 47-55.
2007 Ардчилалуудыг харьцуулахуй: Сонгууль ба санал өгөлт глобаль төвшинд
(Comparing Democracies: Elections and Voting in Global Perspective, ed. by Lawrence LeDuc, Richard G. Niemi, and Pippa Norris, SAGE, 1996), Ulaanbaatar: NUM Press.
2006 Чингис хаан: Түүний амьдрал ба өв (Paul Rachnevsky Genghis Khan: His Life and Legacy), Ulaanbaatar: Soyombo Printing.
Higher Education Policy Reports and Publications:
2014 Strengthening Higher Education Governance and Autonomy in Mongolia, Draft, Report
2008 Reforming State University Governance: Public Status and Shared Governance, Open Society Forum, Ulaanbaatar 2008, 49 pages
2009 With Nataliya Dromina-Voloc and Riedwaan Kimmie, Financing Higher Educaiton: Myriad of Problems, Myriad of Solutions, Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, D.C., 24 pages.
2013 “Их сургуулийг улс төрөөс ангижруулах жор: Корпорэт болон меритийн засаглал” Өдрийн сонин August 10, 2013.
2013 “Их сургуулийн засаглалын хямрал”, July, 2013,http://www.news.mn/content/151092.shtml
2013 “Их сургуулийн засаглалын шилдэг загвар: Корпорэт болон меритийн засаглал”, June, 2013, http://www.tsahimurtuu.mn/index.php/component/k2/item/2103- article_130609_001 or at http://www.meds.gov.mn/post1307166