Ed Pulford is an anthropologist with research interests in the past and present of socialism, transnational and cross-border connections across Eurasia, and indigeneity in northeast Asia. He completed his PhD in Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in 2017, and before joining Manchester in 2020 held postdoctoral research positions at Hokkaido University in Japan and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
His first book Mirrorlands (Hurst, 2019) is an anthropological and historical account of life in the borderlands between China and Russia, narrated via a travelogue through the region. He is currently working on a book about how socialist projects in China, the Soviet Union and North Korea have shaped local people's understandings of time and 'progress'.
He is also a regular host on the podcast New Books in East Asian Studies.