Ali İğmen is Associate Professor of Central Asian History, and the Director of the Oral History Program at the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). His book Speaking Soviet with an Accent: Crafting Culture in Kyrgyzstan is published by the Central Asia in Context Series of the University of Pittsburgh Press in July 2012. His most recent article “Four Daughters of Tököldösh: Kyrgyz Actresses Define Soviet Modernity” appeared in 2012 (32/1) in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME). His book chapter “Kyrgyz Houses of Culture, 1920s and 1930s” appeared in Reconstructing the Soviet and Eastern European Houses House of Culture, (Habeck and Donahoe, editors,) by Berghahn Press in 2011. He received his doctorate from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2004, and as a post-doctorate visiting scholar, taught at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He also taught classes in Kyrgyz National University in Bishkek, Osh State University in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, and Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. A significant number of awards helped İğmen support his research on Kyrgyzstan such as Fulbright-Hays, SSRC and FLAS. Most recently, he received the university-wide Early Career Excellence Award from CSULB in 2011. His current work is a comparative project on the often conflicting state-initiated and society-supported “hero-making” processes during the 1960s and 1970s in Soviet Central Asia and Turkey.