Mariana Irby


My research focuses on the intersections of language, gender, religious identity, and nationalism in post-Soviet Central Asia and Central Asian migrant communities in urban Russia. I am currently examining how decades-long patterns of primarily male migration from Tajikistan to Russia have impacted distinctly gendered practices of performing and embodying contemporary "Tajikness".



BA in Linguistics and Russian Studies, Bryn Mawr College, 2015

Research Interests

Migration, language ideology, Islam in post-Soviet Eurasia, socialist nostalgia, Central Asia, semiotics 

Graduate Status