Mark Turin (PhD, Linguistics, Leiden University, 2006) is an anthropologist, linguist and broadcaster whose work focuses on language endangerment and revitalization. Before joining UBC as Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the First Nations Languages Program (from 1 July 2014), Turin was an Associate Research Scientist in South Asian Studies at Yale and Program Director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative. Previously, Turin held the post of Research Associate at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.
Professor Turin directs both the World Oral Literature Project, an urgent global initiative to document and make accessible endangered oral literatures before they disappear without record, and the Digital Himalaya Project which he co-founded in 2000 as a platform to make multi-media resources from the Himalayan region widely available online. 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).
Mark Turin writes and teaches on ethnolinguistics, visual anthropology, digital archives and fieldwork methodology. He is the author or co-author of four books, three travel guides, the editor of eight volumes, the co-editor of the journal Himalaya and he edits a new series on oral literature. Mark is a regular BBC presenter on issues of linguistic diversity and language endangerment.