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Professors Expertise on Kunming Attacks and Venezuelan Protests Sought by International Media

Dru Gladney, professor of anthropology

Dru Gladney, professor of anthropology

Miguel Tinker Salas, Arango Professor in Latin American History

Miguel Tinker Salas, Arango Professor in Latin American History

Dru Gladney’s expertise on ethnic minorities in China, following attacks in Kunming, and Miguel Tinker Salas’ expertise on Venezuelan politics and protests have provided insight into recent international events.

Prof. Dru Gladney, an expert on Chinese politics and ethnic minorities in China, was interviewed about yesterday’s mass knife attack in Kunming, China, and on the likelihood of the attackers being Uighurs. This morning National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” interviewed him for the story “China Blames Muslim Separatists For Deadly Attacks.” He was also quoted in the Los Angeles Times and Canada’s Globe and Mail, among others.

As protests increase in Venezuela, Prof. Miguel Tinker Salas, an expert in Venezuelan politics and history, provided material for the National Geographic Daily News story “Behind the Headlines: Venezuela’s Crisis: Oil has long bee the country’s great stabilizer – and destabilizer,” published March 2. Currently in Caracas, he has been interviewed about the current unrest by KPCC Radio’s “Take Two,” BBC Brasil, and the Real News Network, Panorama (Venezuela), among other news outlets.

Gladney, a professor of anthropology, is an expert on Chinese politics, ethnic and cultural nationalism, and ethnic minorities in China, with a focus on the people and cultures along the modern Silk Road. He is the author of several books on China’s ethnic minorities including Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects (2004), Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People's Republic (1991, 2nd ed., 1996) and Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority Nationality (1998).

Tinker Salas, the Arango Professor in Latin American History and professor of Chincano/a Latino/a Studies at Pomona, is the author of The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture and Citizenship in Venezuela (2009, Spanish ed., GALAC, 2014) and the forthcoming Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2014). He is also the co-editor Venezuela, Hugo Chávez and the Decline of an Exceptional Democracy (with Steve Ellner, Rowman and Littlefield, 2007). In 2009, he received the Mexican Club de Periodistas’ International Media Prize for political commentary and critical perspective on electronic media.

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