Mark Turin is an anthropologist, linguist and occasional radio presenter, and an associate professor at the University of British Columbia. He is cross-appointed between the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Department of Anthropology. Before joining UBC, he was an associate research scientist with the South Asian Studies Council at Yale University, and the founding programme director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative. He has also held research appointments at Cornell and Leipzig universities, as well as the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Sikkim, India. From 2007 to 2008, he served as chief of translation and interpretation at the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN). For over twenty years, his research focus has been the Himalayan region (particularly Nepal, northern India and Bhutan), and more recently, the Pacific Northwest. He writes and teaches on language reclamation, revitalization, documentation and conservation; language mapping, policies, politics and language rights; orality, archives, digital tools and technology. He is the author or co-author of four books, three travel guides, the editor of twelve volumes, and he edits a series on oral literature.