Mark Turin is an anthropologist, linguist and occasional radio presenter. His research and writing focus on language endangerment, documentation and revitalization; language policies and politics; orality, archives, digital tools and technology, and Indigenous methodologies and decolonial practice broadly conceived. For over twenty years, Dr. Turin’s regional focus has been the Himalayan region (particularly Nepal, northern India and Bhutan), and more recently, the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Turin has had the privilege of working in collaborative partnership with members of the Thangmi-speaking community of eastern Nepal and Darjeeling district in India since 1996, and since 2014 with members of the Heiltsuk First Nation through a Language Mobilization Partnership in which UBC is a founding member.
From 2014-2018, Dr. Turin served as Chair of the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program and from 2016-2018, as Acting Co-Director of the University’s new Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. He continues to hold an appointment as Visiting Associate Professor at the Yale School Forestry & Environmental Studies where he serves as co-investigator on a multiyear NASA-funded research project on urbanization and vulnerability in the Himalayan region. As a firm advocate of collaborative research, Dr. Turin is committed to widening public engagement with anthropology and linguistics.