Elizabeth Turk

Elizabeth Turk

Research Interest

Research Sub-interest

Medical Anthropology, Political Economy, Postsocialism, Medical Colonialism, Nationalism, Ritual, Shamanism, Buddhist Medicine, Cosmology and Landscape, Political Ecology


Inner Asia; Mongolia


Dr. Turk’s research focuses on nature-based and "alternative" medicine in contemporary Mongolia, exploring themes in both medical and environmental anthropology. She first began research in Mongolia in 2010 as a Fulbright scholar exploring shamanic healing practices, specifically the connection between spiritual illness and the impending mining boom. Research interests since then have shifted towards a practice-focused approach to the study of healing, historicizing such practices as they have and continue to relate to political economy. Dr. Turk is in the processes of preparing her first manuscript which explores the articulation of healing practices with nationalist and social progressivist discourses.


University of Cambridge, PhD in Social Anthropology, 2017
Columbia University, MA in Sociocultural Anthropology, 2013
University of Michigan, BSc in Women's Studies and General Studies, 2007

In press. "The Politics of Ritual Form(ation) in Contemporary Mongolia." Social Analysis 63, no. 3.

2018. "Toxic Care (?): Scepticism and Treatment Failure in Post-Soviet Mongolia." Inner Asia 20, no. 2: 219–241.


Selected Publications

Toxic Care (?): Scepticism and Treatment Failure in Post-Soviet Mongolia

Elizabeth Turk