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Mission Statement

The UCLA Program on Central Asia (PoCA), established in 2008, is led and administered by the Asia Pacific Center (APC) under the guidance of a faculty steering committee. PoCA promotes the interdisciplinary and interregional study of Central Asia and the regions that surround it, including Western China, the Himalayas, Russia and eastern Europe, South Asia, and the Persianate and Turkic worlds. PoCA serves as an intellectual crossroads for scholars working on India, China, the Middle East, and Europe to exchange ideas with specialists on Central Asia and advance scholarship and understanding of the region. PoCA sponsors a speaker series, the Central Asia Workshop, conferences, and courses on Central Asian studies and languages. 

Program on Central Asia Steering Committee

Victor Agadjanian

Professor, Sociology

Kevan Harris

Associate Professor, Sociology

Suk-Young Kim

Professor, School of Theater, Film and Television

Choon Hwee Koh

Assistant Professor, Department of History

Nancy Levine

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Diego Loukota Sanclemente

Assistant Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures

Monica L. Smith

Professor, Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian Studies, Dept of Anthropology, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability

Ronald Vroon

Professor and Chair, Slavic Languages & Literatures

Min Zhou

Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies and Director, UCLA Asia Pacific Center