Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Anthropology, Indiana University

Certificate in Russian and East European Area Studies, Indiana University

B.A., Anthropology, University of Chicago, Phi Beta Kappa 

Grants and Fellowships

Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Faculty Small Grant Program, “Unity and Diversity in Comparative Perspective:  Saints Days in Moldova and the Former Yugoslavia.”

NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Collaborative Research Fellowship, “Hram Celebrations in the Republic of Moldova:  Hospitality, Social Networks, and National Unity.”

NCEEER (National Council for Eurasian and East European Research) short-term travel grant, “Toward a Multiethnic Moldovan Identity? Cultural Policy, Artistic Change, and Multiculturalism.”

Chancellor’s Fellow, Indiana University.

IREX (International Research and Exchange Board) IARO (Independent Advanced Research Opportunities) Fellowship for dissertation field research.

Pre-Dissertation Fellowship; Indiana University, Office of International Programs.

Skomp Summer Fieldwork Support; Indiana University Department of Anthropology.

Skomp Summer Fieldwork Support; Indiana University Department of Anthropology.

Mellon Endowment Pre-Dissertation Fellowship; Indiana University Russian and East European Institute.

Title VI Foreign Language Area Study (FLAS) for Russian language study, Indiana University.

Title VI Foreign Language Area Study (FLAS) for Romanian language study, Indiana University.

Blankenstein Scholarship, University of Chicago.

Professional Experience

Freelance editor and consultant.

Senior Research Fellow, Economy and Ritual Group, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

Spring 2009
Teaching Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University College London.

Managing Editor, East European Politics and Society.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.

Fall 2003
Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana.

Fall 2003
Visiting Lecturer, Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University.

Fall 2002
Visiting Lecturer, Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University.

Courses Taught

  • Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Identity
  • Ethnography of Nationalism and Transnationalism
  • Folklore and Politics
  • Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Cultures and Societies of Eastern Europe
  • Anthropological Approaches to Socialist and Post-Socialism
  • Proseminar in Russian and East European Area Studies (postgraduate)

Recent Presentaions

“Food - Scarcity? – in Moldova: Food in the Calculation and Perception of Poverty.” Paper given at the biannual meeting of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, Milan.

“Self-Sufficiency and other Considerations in the Management of Household Labor and Migration in Rural Moldova.” IAMO Forum on Rural Labor in Transition. Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies, Halle.

2014/07 “In Wine and Work: Moldova’s Missing Germans.” Paper presented at the workshop “Pasts and Societies in Central Europe: An Ethnography of the Production of Knowledge about the ‘German Past.’” Charles University, Prague.

“Poverty, Equality, and Collective Work: The Moral Economy in Postsocialist Moldova.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago.

“Practices of Pomană: Charity and Moral Responsibility in Rural Moldova.” Paper presented at the Workshop "Enacting Social Reform: Religion, Charity, and Social Movements (1850-1939)," Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas (GWZO), University of Leipzig.

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of the Executive Committee, InASEA (International Association for Southeast European Anthropology), 2011-2013.
  • Treasurer, Society for the Anthropology of Europe, 2006-09.
  • Co-editor, with Klaus Roth and Jutta Lauth Bacas, Ethnologia Balkanica, vols. 15-16, (2012, 2013).
  • Corresponding Editor, Interstiţio: East European Review of Historical Anthropology, published by the Anthropology Laboratory of the Free University of Moldova and the Institute of History of the University of Silesia, Poland.
  • Editorial Board, Buletinul Anual, annual publication of the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, Chişinău, Moldova.

Membership in Professional Societies

American Anthropological Association; European Association for Social Anthropology; Society for the Anthropology of Europe; Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Societate de Etnologie (Moldova); International Association for Southeast European Anthropology


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