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Vice-Dean International, Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences
PhD, Cultural Anthropology
University of Chicago, 1988
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L’angoisse cosmopolite. La citoyenneté et l’appartenance remises en question par les Turcs d’Allemagne
Cosmopolitan Anxieties: Turkish Challenges to Citizenship and Belonging in Germany
Winner of William A. Douglass Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, of the American Anthropological Association.
Named the Best Book of the Year in Europeanist Anthropology.
Duke University Press
Markets and Moralities: Ethnographies of Postsocialism
Edited by Ruth Mandel and Caroline Humphrey
Berg Press/NYU Press 2002 Cover: 'Weiche' (Switch) by Neo Rauch.
Rauch's socialist-era images, such as the woman's uniform and the panoptic watch-tower, confront a troubling dystopic uncertainty that encompasses the socialist past as well as the postsocialist present and future
Transnational migration, ethnicity and identity Post-socialist societies in transition International development: anthropological critiques Media and international development Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), forced migration Anthropology of Turkey, Greece, Germany
Currently I am writing a book based on research about media and development in Kazakhstan. (See Mandel, R. (2002). A Marshall Plan of the Mind: The Political Economy of Kazakh Soap Opera. Chapter 10 in Ginsburg, F.D., Abu-Lughod, L. and Larkin B. (ed.) Media Worlds: Anthropology of New Terrain. Berkeley: University of California Press, 211-228. )
As part of an international, interdisciplinary research team, I made
several research trips to Georgia, studying the situation of IDPs
(Internally Displaced Persons) from the several Georgia-Russian
conflicts over the past two decades.
The project was funded by the Human and Social Dynamics Program at the
National Science Foundation (Washington, D.C.). Beth Mitchneck
(University of Arizona) and Joanna Regulska (Rutgers) were the co-PIs of
the project. See website:
I have researched and
published about 'co-ethnic migration' of Russian-Germans from the former
Soviet Union, to Germany, as well as Russian-Jewish migrants to Germany. This research began as a collaborative project carried out with Michael Stewart and Susan Pattie, entitled Citizenship and Belonging: Local Expression of Political and Economic Restructuring, comparing Hungarian, Armenian and Russian-German Diasporas. It was funded by the ESRC's Transnational Communities Programme. See: www.transcomm.ox.ac.uk/wwwroot/stewart.htm
I served as guest editor for a special edition of Slavic Review, DEVELOPMENT LANDSCAPES: NGOs, FBOs, and Democratization in Russia and Central Asia (Number 2, Summer 2012). This arose from a series of interdisciplinary workshops I convened at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D. C. It is a critical comparison of international development projects and strategies over the past two decades.
Current PhD Students
- Stefan Fa (expected 2017) Central Asian communities in Istanbul
- Tess Altman (expected 2017) Volunteerism among refugees and asylum seekers in Australia
- Costanza Curro (expected 2016) Hospitality among Georgian migrants in London (co-supervised with SSEES)
- Janine Su (Expected 2016) Male sexuality in Istanbul, Turkey
- Dia Flores (Expected 2016) Performing transnationalism among Filipino migrants in London
- Aykut Öztürk (Expected 2017) Armenian migrants between Istanbul and Yerevan
- Beata Świtek (completed 2013) Indonesian migrant workers in Japan
- Besim Can Zirh (completed 2012) Turkish Alevi diaspora in Europe
- Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic (completed 2011) Sufi Muslims in Macedonia
- Debbie Soothill (completed 2012, ESRC funded) Chinese migrants in Madrid
- Eray Çaylı (completed 2015) Architectonics of memorialisation in Turkey (co-supervised with Bartlett School of Architecture)