Indiana University Bloomington



Dr. Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke is Associate Professor and Graduate Convenor at the National Security College (NSC), Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. He is an internationally recognized expert on the history and politics of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China (PRC), Chinese foreign policy in Central Asia, Central Asian geopolitics, and nuclear proliferation and non-proliferation.


He has generated numerous academic publications across these fields of research including one sole authored book, one co-authored book, five edited books, thirty-five peer reviewed journal articles, and fifteen book chapters. Notable recent publications have included: Inside Xinjiang: Analyzing Place, Space and Power in China’s Muslim Far North West, Routledge 2016 (co-edited with Anna Hayes) and China’s Frontier Regions: Ethnicity, Economic Integration and Foreign Relations, I. B. Tauris 2016 (editor).


His journal articles have been published in a variety of high-quality peer-review academic outlets including Orbis, Global Policy, Asian Security, Asian Ethnicity, Terrorism and Political Violence, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Strategic Studies, amongst others. Additionally, he has also published numerous opinion and commentary pieces on aspects of his research with Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, CNN, The National Interest, South China Morning Post and The Diplomat.


Dr. Clarke also teaches two graduate courses at NSC, “American National Security Policy” and “Asian Regionalism and Security” and co-convenes the graduate sub-thesis seminar.

Interim Co-Director

Dr. Sara L. Friedman

Sara L. Friedman is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.

Research Interests: Her research has examined the connections between large-scale political processes and intimate life, with particular attention to the place of state power and citizenship in gender identities, intimate relationships, and bodily practices of dress, labor, and sexuality. These interests reflect her interdisciplinary training in sociocultural anthropology, gender studies, and East Asian studies. They also emerge from her experiences living and working in China and Taiwan since the late 1980s.

Associate Directors

Margaret Carlin

Margaret Carlin is a manager of Global Engagement at the Australian National University.

Graduate Assistant

Kurt Baer

Kurt Baer is a Ph. D. student studying Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests include music as cultural performance in Northeastern Thailand, music and tourism,  semiotics, popular culture, and online communities. Prior to joining the Pan-Asia Institute, Kurt has taught courses on music and culture through the IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the Global Village Living Learning Center and worked coordinating events through the IU East Asian Studies Center, the Ethnomusicology Students Association, and the Lotus Arts and Education Foundation. A saxophonist with a background in music performance, Kurt has performed and taught saxophone in the U.S. and Thailand and continues to perform classical, jazz, and popular music both professionally and in his free time.