Who We Are


Registan was founded by a small community of people with a passion for Central Asia, the Caucasus, and South Asia. It has grown into a network of academics and practitioners dedicated to making social, political, and cultural knowledge on Eurasia relevant and useful to governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations. We are headquartered outside of Portland, Oregon with affiliates in Washington, DC and Tampa.

In addition to the analysts listed below, Registan maintains a network of subject matter experts and strategic partners across the globe. For more information on how our experts can assist your organization, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Nathan Hamm

Nathan launched Registan in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. From 2007-2013, he worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. While Nathan is currently pursuing new opportunities beyond Central Asian affairs, he occasionally does small projects having to do with the region.

Joshua Foust

Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua’s writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

Noah Tucker
Noah, Registan’s Managing Editor, has several years experience as a researcher and consultant for non-government, academic, and government clients on Central Asian society and culture. He received an MA from Harvard, where he studied Central Asian religious issues. He has lived in Uzbekistan and Russia and has extensively traveled throughout Central Asia and the former Soviet Union. He is fluent in Russian and reads Uzbek and French.

Sarah Kendzior
Sarah Kendzior is an anthropologist who studies politics and the internet in the former Soviet Union. She has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Washington University in Saint Louis and an MA in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University. Her research has been published in many academic journals and media outlets, including American Ethnologist, Central Asian Survey, Demokratizatsiya and the Atlantic and taught courses on the internet and society in Central Asia as Washington University. Follow her on Twitter.

Katy Pearce
Katy E. Pearce is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington and holds an affiliation with the Ellison Center for Russian East European, and Central Asian Studies. She specializes in technology and media use in the Former Soviet Union. Her research focuses on social and political uses of technologies and digital content in the transitioning democracies and semi-authoritarian states of the South Caucasus and Central Asia, but primarily Armenia and Azerbaijan. She has a BA (2001) in Armenian Studies and Soviet Studies from the University of Michigan, an MA (2006) in International Studies from the University of London School for Oriental and African Studies, and a PhD (2011) in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was a Fulbright scholar (Armenia 2007-2008).

Wendell Schwab
Wendell received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University in 2011. He first wandered into Central Asia during a trip through Asia in 2001 and thought that anywhere that he could hail an off-duty ambulance as a taxi had to be interesting. His research focuses on the production and reception of Islamic literature in Kazakhstan. Wendell is currently employed as an assistant editor for a comprehensive Kazakh-English dictionary.

Courtney Ranson
Courtney has worked for many years as a media analyst with government institutions and was a consultant with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The primary focus of her research is the impact and development of social media in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She received a Masters degree in Russian and East European Area Studies from Indiana University. She speaks Russian, French, and Polish.

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