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Sarah Tynen holds her PhD in Human Geography from University of Colorado Boulder. She lived in China for a total of five years from 2009-2017 and in Xinjiang for two of those years. Her research focuses on state-building, nationalism, and ethnic conflict in Asia. Her ultimate goal is to better understand how we can create more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable communities. To do so, she looks at China in a global context and the effects of development projects, territorial sovereignty, and authoritarian state-building. Her publications have appeared in Territory, Politics, and Governance, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Space and Culture, Geographical Review, and Geopolitics, among others.


  • –present
    Instructor, University of Colorado Boulder


  • 2019 
    University of Colorado Boulder, Geography
  • 2011 
    The George Washington University, International Affairs


  • 2019
    Belonging between Inclusion and Exclusion: Dimensions of Ethno-Cultural Identity for Uyghur Women in Xinjiang, China, Geopolitics
  • 2019
    Fieldwork under surveillance: Rethinking relations of trust, vulnerability, and state power, Geographical Review
  • 2019
    State territorialization through shequ community centres: bureaucratic confusion in Xinjiang, China, Territory, Politics, and Governance
  • 2018
    Lived Space of Urban Development: The Everyday Politics of Spatial Production in Nanjing, China, Space and Culture