Vincent Artman

Vincent Artman

Adjunct Professor

F/AB 3140

Curriculum vitae



Center for Peace & Conflict Studies

Vincent Artman

Dr. Artman has a doctorate in human geography and his research examines how different forms of identity – civic, national, religious, etc. – are constructed and contested in the context of the modern state. Dr. Artman’s primary geographical focus has been the former Soviet Union, and Central Asia in particular. His most recent work has examined how Islam and indigenous religion are connected with national identity in Kyrgyzstan and how these identities are connected to national identity and ecological sustainability.

Dr. Artman has also researched the connections between citizenship and territory in the breakaway regions of the Republic of Georgia, as well as white supremacy and Islamophobic geopolitics in the United States and Europe. He has published articles in numerous journals, including Europe-Asia Studies, Central Asian Affairs, Geopolitics, and Territory, Politics, Governance, and has contributed chapters to several edited volumes.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Political geography and geopolitics
  • Cultural geography
  • Political theology
  • Islam and nationalism
  • Former Soviet Union
  • Central Asia
  • Conflict and territorial cleansing
  • Islamophobia
  • Borders and migration
  • Colonialism and development


Ph.D, Geography (University of Kansas, 2016)

Awards and grants

  • 2018: Wayne State University Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Grant
  • 2017: Wayne State University Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Grant
  • 2014: IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunity Fellowship, Kyrgyzstan
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Kyrgyzstan, awarded
  • 2013: Kollmorgen Research Scholarship
  • 2012: Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (Uzbek), awarded
  • 2010: Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (Russian)

News mentions

Selected publications

Peerreviewed articles

  • “My Poor People, Where are We Going? Grounded Theologies and National Identity in Kyrgyzstan.” Europe-Asia Studies, 71:10, 1734-1755 (2019)
  • “Nation, Religion, and Theology: What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Being Kyrgyz Means Being Muslim?’” Central Asian Affairs, 5:3, pp. 191-212 (2018)
  • "Territorial Cleansing: A Geopolitical Approach to Understanding Mass Violence," with S. Egbert, A. Thelen, N. Reiz, W. Price, N. Pickett. Territory, Politics, Governance 4:3, pp. 297-318 (2016)
  • "Documenting Territory: Passportization, Territory, and Exception in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.” Geopolitics 18:3, pp. 682-704 (2013) 

Book chapters

  • “Religion, Nationalism, Ecology.” In Edward Davis and Steven Silvern, eds. Religion, Sustainability, and Place: Exploring Moral Geographies for the Anthropocene. London: Palgrave (forthcoming spring 2021)
  • “Borders, Boundaries, and Identities,” with A. Diener. In Erica Marat and Rico Isaacs, eds. Handbook on Contemporary Central Asia. New York: Routledge (forthcoming 2020)
  • “U.S. Soft Power in Central Asia,” with A. Diener. In Sebastien Peyrouse, ed. Soft Power in Eurasia. Lanham: Lexington Books (forthcoming 2020)
  • “Contemporary Modes of Islamic Discourse in Kyrgyzstan: Rethinking the Moderate - Extremist Duality.” In Marlene Laruelle, ed. Kyrgyzstan: Political Pluralism and Economic Challenges. Central Asia Program: Washington, D.C. (2017)
  • “State," with A. Diener. In Kocku von Stuckrad and Robert Segal, eds., Vocabulary for the Study of Religion. Leiden: Brill (2015)

Other publications

  • “Contemporary Modes of Islamic Discourse in Kyrgyzstan: Rethinking the Moderate - Extremist Duality.” CERIA Research Brief (2016)
  • “Negotiating Islam in Kyrgyzstan: National Identity, Religion, and the Meaning of Tradition.” IREX Scholar Research Brief (2015)
  • "Annexation by Passport." Al Jazeera America (2014)

Courses taught by Vincent Artman

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022