Die Freiwilligen
Käthe Kollwitz. Die Freiwilligen. 1921-2, Berlin.
I am a cultural anthropologist, and a faculty member on the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies. My work is located at the intersection of anthropology, comparative literature, and intellectual history, and focuses on the global circuits that philosophical and artistic ideas travel. Since 2011, I have been conducting fieldwork in Berlin, Germany, at a time when the stakes of free expression and its conditions of possibility are gaining new urgency amidst nationalist insurgency. I am currently completing work on an ethnographic monograph that tracks the rise of Berlin as a global capital for literature, and which explores the consequences of this discourse for migrants following different paths through the Europe. I am very excited to be beginning new research on the transformation of Buddhist thought in late modern and contemporary Europe. In addition to my ethnographic work, I have written widely on the status of anthropological knowledge and its relationship with literature and philosophy. ​Before coming to Harvard, I was a Visiting Fellow of the institute for advanced study in Vienna, the Institute for Human Sciences. I earned my PhD in 2016 from The Johns Hopkins University, where I was a Dean's Teaching Fellow and the inaugural University Archives Fellow. In addition to institutional support, my research has been supported by the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, History and Power, the Social Science Research Council and Mellon Foundation, and Hamburger Archives.