August Samie is a doctoral candidate under the guidance of Professor John Woods. He completed a Bachelor’s in Literature and Creative Writing with a Russian minor at California State University, Northridge in 2011 and a Master’s in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. August began his doctoral studies in 2013 in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. His dissertation, The Shibanid Question and Uzbekistan’s Lost Century: Reassessing 16th century Eurasian History in the Construction of Historical Memory in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan, investigates how post-Soviet Uzbekistan has appropriated 15-16th century historiographies in constructing a national identity and a national historical memory. August has been an active member of the Central Asian Studies Society and the Committee on Central Eurasian Studies. He has taught and held teaching assistantships in Persian, Islamic History, and Asian American Studies at the University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Arizona State University, and California State University, Northridge.