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New PBI President Dru Gladney Brings Deep Knowledge of China, Ethnic Nationalism

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.

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