Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Sociology & Anthropology
Tuesdays 10:00-12:00 p.m.
Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Ph.D. with Distinction in Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University, 2009
B.A. cum laude in Social Anthropology, Harvard University, 1992.
Selected Publications and Activities
Book manuscript in preparation: Remains of Socialism: Memory, nation, and the future of the past in postsocialist Hungary. (Recipient of SSRC-IDRF Book Development Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2010-2011.)
"The Trauma of Post-Empire," Invited contribution to multi-disciplinary review forum on Oushakine, Serguei, The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War, and Loss in Russia, Ab Imperio. 1/2011, pp. 262-268.
"'But it's ours': Nostalgia and the politics of cultural identity in postsocialist Hungary," Postcommunist Nostalgia, Maria Todorova and
Zsuzsa Gille, eds. New York: Berghahn Books, 2010.
"The Master's Voice: Authenticity, nostalgia, and the refusal of irony in postsocialist Hungary," Social Identities 13(5), September 2007.
"The Politics of Nostalgia: A case for comparative analysis of post-socialist practices" (with Olga Shevchenko), Ab Imperio Volume 2,
"The death of socialism and the afterlife of its monuments: Making and marketing the past in Budapest's Statue Park Museum,"Contested Pasts (Memory and Narrative), Kate Hodgkin, Steve Sturdy, and Susannah Radstone, eds. London: Routledge, 2003.
Writer and Editor, Feminist News, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University, 2002-2005.
In addition to my book manuscript, I am currently pursuing two research projects. The first, which I have been researching since
2008, examines rhetorics of "crisis" in contemporary Hungary. The second, which I began summer 2012, explores childrearing, memory, and aspiration among middle-class mothers in Budapest. It asks how these members of the last Soviet generation negotiate their memories of childhood under state socialism as they strive to educate their children to succeed in Hungary's neoliberal present.
Teaching and Research Interests
Memory and national identity; visuality, mass media, and popular culture; gender and sexuality; childhood, family, and generation; the anthropology of temporality; the anthropology of morality; the anthropology of consumption; the anthropology of postsocialism and neoliberalism (Hungary).
Courses and Seminars Taught
- Exemplary Studies (SOAN 12M)
- Firsy-Year Seminar - Culture and Gender (SOAN 002D)
- Anthropology of Mass Media (SOAN 002E)
- Memory and the Nation (SOAN 072B)
- Culture, State, Citizenship (SOAN 128)
- Anthropology of Childhood and the Family (SOAN 032C)
- Visual Anthropology (072D)