Manduhai Buyandelger is an associate professor of Anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University (2004). Prior to joining the Anthropology programme at MIT she was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and taught at the Harvard Anthropology Department.
Her book Tragic Spirits: Shamanism, Socialism, and the State of Neoliberalism in Mongolia (forthcoming University of Chicago Press) tells a story of the collapse of the socialist state and the responses of marginalized rural nomads to the devastating changes through the revival of their previously suppressed shamanic practices. In her next project "Technologies of Election: Gender, Media, and Neoliberal State Formation in Mongolia ," the transformation of the former socialist state into a neoliberal one by looking at women's participation in parliamentary elections.
She is the Oral History of Twentieth Century Mongolia's linguistic and cultural consultant.