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Assistant Professor, International Studies, Simon Fraser University

Darren Byler received his PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington in 2018. His research focuses on Uyghur dispossession, culture work and "terror capitalism" in the city of Ürümchi, the capital of Chinese Central Asia (Xinjiang). He has published research articles in the Asia-Pacific Journal, Contemporary Islam, Central Asian Survey, the Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art. He has provided expert testimony on Uyghur human rights issues before the Canadian House of Commons and writes a regular column on these issues for SupChina. He also writes and curates the digital humanities art and politics repository The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia, which is hosted at


  • –present
    Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Washington


  • 2018 
    University of Washington, Anthropology