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Ruth Mandel


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PhD, Cultural Anthropology
University of Chicago, 1988

Publications Publications

Books published

Cosmopolitan_Anxieties 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

UK Amazon

graphic_mandel_book_thumb.jpg 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

General Interest

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

Current Work

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 have 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 is project 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) are the co-PIs of the project.  See our website:

I am also finishing some articles about 'co-ethnic migration' of Russian-Germans from the former Soviet Union, 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:

A volume I have edited, Post-Soviet Development Encounters: International Aid and Its Ideologies, is currently under review with Woodrow Wilson Center Press. This book comes out of 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

  • Costanza Curro (expected 2015) Hospitality among Georgian migrants in London (co-supervised with SSEES)
  • Eray Çaylı (expected 2015) Architectonics of memorialisation in Turkey (co-supervised with Bartlett School of Architecture)
  • Carina Rosenlof (Expected 2015) Religion and modernities: Turkish women in London and Turkey
  • Janine Su (Expected 2014) Male sexuality in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Dia Flores (Expected 2014) Performing transnationalism among Filipino migrants in London Aykut Öztürk (Expected 2014) Armenian migrants between Istanbul and Yerevan

Recently Completed:

  • 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

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