Sharad K. Soni


Sharad K. Soni is Associate Professor and Director of Area Studies Programme, Centre for Inner Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (India). He holds a PhD and an MPhil in Mongolian Studies from the same University. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Eurasian National University, Astana (2013 & 2014), Visiting Scholar at Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar (2011) and Visiting Faculty at Peking University, Beijing (2005-06). A recipient of ASIA Fellows Award (2005), Dr. Soni has published five books including Mongolia-Russia Relations: Kiakhta to Vladivostok, (2002); Mongolia-China Relations: Modern and Contemporary Times (2006) and a co-edited volume Mongolia in the 21st Century: Society, Culture and International Relations (2010), in addition to three monographs and over 80 articles/research papers/chapters on Mongolia, Central Asia, Inner Mongolia, Tibet as well as Buryatia and Tuva. His forthcoming publication is an edited volume Mongolia Today: Internal Changes and External Linkages being published by Pentagon Press, New Delhi (2015). He is also Joint Secretary of the Association of Asia Scholars (an Asia-wide network of ASF Alumni Fellows) and a Book Review Editor of Asian Ethnicity journal (Routledge). Currently, he is working on two Research Projects: (i) Inner Asian Identity: Transformation in the 21st Century, and (ii) Social and Political Transformation of Inner Mongolia in Modern and Contemporary Times.