Biography

Mark Turin (PhD, Linguistics, Leiden University, 2006) is an anthropologist, linguist and broadcaster. Before joining the South Asian Studies Council at Yale, where he is Program Director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative, Mark was a Research Associate at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

Now co-located at Cambridge and Yale, Mark directs both the World Oral Literature Project, an urgent global initiative to document and make accessible endangered oral literatures before they disappear without record, and the Digital Himalaya Project which he co-founded in 2000 as a platform to make multi-media resources from the Himalayan region widely available online.

Mark has also held research appointments at Cornell and Leipzig universities, as well as the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Sikkim, India. From 2007 to 2008, he served as Chief of Translation and Interpretation at the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN).

Mark Turin writes and teaches on ethnolinguistics, visual anthropology, digital archives and fieldwork methodology. He is the author or co-author of four books, three travel guides, the editor of eight volumes, the co-editor of the journal Himalaya and he edits a new series on oral literature. Mark is a regular BBC presenter on issues of linguistic diversity and language endangerment.

photo by Dennis Ng, Dartmouth College, February 2013

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