Congratulations to our Columbia Anthropology Community!

September 23, 2020

Congratulations are in order to:

Postdocs and Job Appointments

Luciana Chamorro ('20), who successfully defended her dissertation in September and who now takes up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona. She will then move to a second postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. 

Alumnus Firat Kurt (‘18), who was awarded the 2020 postdoctoral fellowship by the Sakip Sabanci Center for Turkish studies at Columbia. Firat will take up his position in Spring 2021.

Alumna, Aarti Sethi (‘17), who has been appointed Assistant Researcher in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, where she will assume the position of Assistant Professor in 2021.

Alumna Amiel Bize (‘18) who starts her position as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University this Fall (2020). 

Alumna Sumayya Kassamali (‘17), who in July 2020, took up a position at the Center for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto.

Samantha Fox ('18) who is beginning a new position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Lehigh University after completing a postdoc at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at the New School.

Yuliya Grinberg ('19) who is beginning a position as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Business at Drew University.

Juan Carlos Mazariegos ('19) who now holds a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. 

Fernando Montero ('20) who received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Columbia Society of Fellows.


Danielle Carr, who not only published an article, "'Ghastly Marionettes' and the Political Metaphysics of Cognitive Liberalism: Anti-Behaviourism, Language, and the Origins of Totalitarianism" but was awarded the 2020 Early Career Prize in recognition of it by the History of the Human Sciences. Danielle has also been awarded a Chateaubriand Fellowship, which she will take up for research in Paris in Spring 2021. She recently published a piece in The Baffler entitled "Shit for Brains" on Elon Musk and mind control. 

Alumna Xenia Cherkaev ('15), whose essay, “St. Xenia and the Gleaners of Leningrad” recently appeared in the American Historical Review . Xenia is also commencing a postdoctoral fellowship in St. Petersburg this Fall.

Mythri Jegathesan ('13) now Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University, has been awarded the 2020 Diana Forsythe Prize from the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing for her first book, Tea and Solidarity: Tamil Women and Work in Postwar Sri Lanka.

Anna Reumert, whose articleGood Guys, Mad City: Etiquettes of Migration Among Sudanese Men in Beirut,” has been published in Mashriq & Mahjar: The Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies (Vol 7, No 2, 2020): special issue on ‘Labors of Need’.  

Anna Kirstine Schirrer, whose introduction "On Reparations for Slavery and Colonialism" was published in the PoLAR Online Special Series of the same title for the Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 

Howard Rechavia-Taylor, whose article, "Liberal Common Sense and Reparations for Colonial Genocide," was published in the PoLAR Online Special Series On Reparations for Slavery and Colonialism for the Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 

Natalia Mendoza ('15) who won the José Revueltas Prize of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes for a new book of essays titled El extravío de los signos. Tres ensayos sobre duelo y porvenir.

Julia Fierman ('19) published  “I Embrace You with the Affection and Loyalty of Always: Personalism and Exchange in Argentine Populism,” at the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, and delivered the keynote address at the “Latin America in Transition” Conference at the University of Leipzig, 2019.

Aamer Ibraheem, whose essay, "Souls of Refusal: The Struggle Against Israeli Citizenship in the Golan Heights” was selected as a finalist for the Society’s Graduate Student Essay Prize Competition at the American Anthropological Association (November 2020) by the Society for the Anthropology of Religion. 


Nile Davies received a dissertation writing fellowship from the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University. 

Creative Projects

Alyssa James and Brendane Tines on the successful launch of their new podcast, "Zora's Daughters," a "society and culture podcast that uses Black feminist anthropology to think about race, politics, and popular culture." (Check it out here).