Tjalling Halbertsma (1969) studied law (Maastricht University) and social anthropology (University of Amsterdam). In 2007 he completed a PhD on the Nestorian heritage of Inner Mongolia at Leiden University. He has published extensively about China and Mongolia for international media as well as academic journals, and written a number of books and travelogues on East Asian culture, early exploration and history. Before joining the University of Groningen in 2012, he was stationed in Ulaanbaatar as the first Netherlands’ representative to Mongolia and attaché with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Beijing. Halbertsma is currently professor for East Asian studies, with a focus on modern day Mongolia, and Director International of the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen. 

Translations of his books are supported with a publishing grant by the Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature (for further details see Books).