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New President of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College Selected

Dru C. Gladney has been selected as president of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, a research foundation widely recognized for its work enhancing understanding among the nations of the Pacific Rim. Gladney, an internationally respected Asia specialist, is the author of four books and more than 50 academic articles and book chapters on topics spanning the Asian continent. He is currently a professor of Asian Studies and Anthropology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and will become president of the Institute on July 1, 2006.

In announcing the appointment, Pomona College President David Oxtoby noted that, “Gladney is an incredibly versatile scholar. We look forward to his arrival at Pomona to carry on the wonderful tradition of PBI begun by his predecessor, the late Frank Gibney.”

Gladney has focused his research on ethnic and cultural nationalism in Asia, specializing in the people, politics, and cultures of the Silk Road. A two-time Fulbright Research Scholar to China and Turkey, he has conducted long-term field research in Western China, Central Asia, and Turkey, for more than 20 years. His research languages include Mandarin Chinese, Turkish, Uyghur, Uzbek, Kazakh, and Russian. The results of his work have been featured on CNN, BBC, Voice of America, National Public Radio, al-Jazeerah, and in Newsweek, Time, the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times.

A prolific author, Gladney’s most recent book is Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects (University of Chicago Press, 2004). He is also the author of: Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People's Republic (2nd edition 1996) and Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority Nationality (1998); and the editor of Making Majorities: Constituting the Nation in Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Fiji, Turkey, and the U.S. (1998).

Gladney has held faculty positions and post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University; the University of Southern California; Kings College, Cambridge; and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He has been a consultant to the Soros Foundation, Ford Foundation, World Bank, Getty Museum, SAIC, National Academy of Sciences, European Center for Conflict Prevention, U.N. High Commission on Refugees, and UNESCO. He received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle.

The Pacific Basin Institute moved to Pomona College in 1997. In addition to housing a unique Asia/Pacific film archive and production facilities, the Institute plays an important role in the life and academic activities of the college and community. Recent programs include a panel on Vietnam and the Major Powers; a symposium on “China, Energy & U.S. Security”; and its Seventh Annual Asian Film Series. Gladney succeeds Frank B. Gibney, a prominent journalist and Asia expert who founded the institute in 1979 and produced the award-winning 10-hour PBS series The Pacific Century. Gibney died earlier this month.

Pomona College, founded in 1887, is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges and has long been a leader in Asian Studies among American institutions of higher learning. Located in Southern California, its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a wide range of opportunities for student research. Pomona is also one of a handful of colleges that meet the full financial need of every accepted student.