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Department of Anthropology and Sociology

PhD Students

More information on the department’s PhD program can be found here.

Recently Awarded PhDs

2013
  • Sohini Sengupta ‘Being Hungry, Becoming Free: Marginality, Identity and Livelihoods in Rural Western Orissa’ (Prof D Mosse)
  • Andre Chappatte Walking an earthly path; everyday Islam in Bougouni, a town of southwest Mali. 
  • Philomena Benedicta Camelia Keet Mimicking in a Material World: Negotiating stylish selves and networks in a Tokyo youth fashion scene.
2012
  • Paul Rollier “We’re not genuine Muslims”: spoken Islam, Shi‘i mourning and morality in urban Pakistan ( Dr M Marsden)
  • Brendan Michael Donegan ‘An anthropological study of health activism in western India’ (Prof D Mosse)
  • Debojyoti Das Contested Development: Problems and Dilemmas in Sustainable Jhum Redevelopment in Nagaland (Prof D Mosse)
  • Shireen Mirza Embodying Pasts: Ritual and memory of Shi’a practices in India’s Deccan (Dr S Hughes)
  • Alice Tilche Broken Frames: tribal museums, representation and marginality in contemporary India (Prof D Mosse)
  • Pei-Chien Challenging the Ethnic Paradigm: Religious Conversion and Identity Construction amongst Chinese Muslims in Penang, Malaysia. 
  • Ashraf Hoque Generation Terror: Muslim Youth, Being British, And Not So British (Dr P Raman)
  • James Edward Russell Cultural Property and Heritage in Japan
  • Reza Gholami 'Who Needs Islam?': 'Non-Islamiosity' and the Production of Diaspora among Iranian Shi`a in London (Dr P Raman)
  • Roberta Zavoretti An ethnographic inquiry into the limits of China's 'rural to urban migrant' paradigm. (Dr C Osella)
  • Giulia Battaglia Documentary Film Practices in India: History of the Present.
  • Luigi Achilli Does the political bore? The denial and camouflage of the "political" in a Palestinian refugee camp.
2011
  • Priya Das ‘Politics of  Participatory Conservation:  the Case of  Kailadevi Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India’ (Prof D Mosse)
  • Annekarijn De Jong The Silent Voice: Palestinian And Israeli Nonviolent Activism And Resistance (Dr G Vom Bruck)
  • Ole Martin Gaasholt Associating with an Overstretched State: Politics in Tuareg-Dominated Malian Gourma. (Prof T Marchand)
  • Miki Kawabata (Re)locating identities in the Ancestral Homeland: The Complexities of Belonging among the Migrants from Peru in Okinawa. (Dr D Martinez)
  • Mahnaz Marashi Devout Intellects: Knowledge and Scholarly Practice in an Islamic Academy in Malaysia (Prof J.D.Y. Peel)
  • Monica Mottin Rehearsing For Life: Theatre For Social Change In Kathmandu, Nepal (Prof D Mosse)
  • Debbie Whelan Trading Lives: the commercial, social and political communities of the Zululand trading store. (Prof T Marchand)
  • Joel Bernardo Contested 'right to remain' and 'option to return': Making sense of migrant 'ineligibility' among Filipinos in a London suburb.
  • Nattaka Chaisinthop The Power of Good: Volunteering and Giving in Thailand.
  • Madalina Florescu Ethnographic Contexts: Encountering a First Post-Independence Cohort of Padres Nativos in Luanda, 2006-2007.
2010
  • Paul Simon Hansen Hokkaido Dairy Farm: Change, Otherness, And The Search For Security. (Dr D Martinez)
  • Julie Soleil Archambault Cruising Through Uncertainty: Mobile Phone Practices, Occulted Economies And The Politics Of Respect In Southern Mozambique. (Prof H West)
  • Eduardo Zachary Albrecht Rising South: Music, Body, And Politics In A Naples Nightclub (Prof J Pottier)
  • Emma Elizabeth Cook Failing Freeters: Young Men, Masculinity And Adulthood In Japan (Dr D Martinez)
  • Dorota Szawarska Kinship- An Ambivalent Relation: The Case Of Sakhalin Korean Repatriates. (Dr C Osella)
  • Jill Singer The Eve Complex: A Feminist Approach To Psycho-Sexual And Social Development (Dr D Martinez)
  • Mira Juhi Mohsini Becoming An "Asli Karigar": The Production Of Authenticity Among Old Delhi'S Muslim Artisans. (Dr C Osella)
  • Wing-Fai Leung Image, Performance And Identity: An Exploration Of The Cultural And Social Meanings Of Multi-Media Stardom In Hong Kong 1980-2005 (Dr K Latham)
2009
  • Mari Hirano The Aids Epidemic Among Haemophiliacs In Japan: The Mother's Experience (Dr D Martinez)
  • Jane Alaszewska The Music Of Shamans, Weavers And Exiles: An Ethnomusicological Study Of The Performing Arts Of The Southern Izu Islands (Dr S Hughes)
  • Nuno Miguel Rodrigues Domingos Football In Colonial Lourenco Marques: Bodily Practices And Social Rituals (Prof H West)
  • Yuen Fun So The Making Of Inabilities: Governance And The Strategies Of Social Actors In A Development Project In An Ethical Minority Community In Southwest China (Dr J Klein)
  • Luke Alexander Hallett Robinson Xianchang: On Location With China's New Documentary Film Movement (Dr K Latham)
  • Ritu Verma Inside The Development Machine: Culture, Science And Discontent In The Central Highlands Of Madagascar (Prof J Pottier)
  • Patrik Meier People Of The Suq: Identity, Practice, And Place-Making In Aleppo's Old City Market. (Prof T Marchand)
  • Silke Niehusmann Manga - Lost In Translation? (Dr D Martinez)
  • Nacim Pak Shiism And Film: Religion And Spirituality In Iranian Cinema (Dr G Vom Bruck)
2008
  • Herbert Samuel Gayle Urban Poverty And Violence: A Study Of Selected Inner City Communities In Jamaica And Britain (Dr J Campbell)
  • George Joseph Kunnath From The Mud Houses Of Magadh: Dalits, Naxalites And The Making Of A Revolution In Bihar, India (Prof D Mosse)
  • Katia Fabbri Family Medicine From Counter-Culture To Role-Model: An Anthropological Look Into The Teaching And Practice Of Family Medicine In The United States (Dr C Davis)
  • Sandra Fahy Tales From The Bottom Of The Well: Famine Survivor Testimonies From North Korea (Prof J Pottier)
  • Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen Young Soka Gakkai Members' Support For Kompito: The Interpellation Of Religious Idealism And Political Reality In Contemporary Japan (Dr D Martinez)
  • Alex Cockain An Anthropological Study Of Youth In New Millenium China. (Dr K Latham)
  • Lindi Renier Todd What's In A Name? The Politics Of The Past Within Afrikaner Identifications In Post-Apartheid South Africa (Dr C Davis)
2007
  • Nicholas Ivo Walton Gray No Tree Is Untouched By The Wind: Aspects Of Composition And Improvisation In Balinese Gender Wayang (Dr S Hughes)
  • Panagiotis Geros When Christianity Matters: The Production And Manipulation Of Communalism In Damascus, Syria (Dr D Martinez)
  • Kwok-Shing Chan In Search Of Welfare And Security In Contemporary Hong Kong: An Ethnographic Perspective From A Chinese Lineage Village (Mr S Thompson)
  • Virginia Noel Whiles Manoeuvering Miniatures: Tradition And Subversion In Pakistani Contemporary Art (Dr P Raman)
  • Ilana Van Wyk Profit Prophets And God's Money: The Making And Unmaking Of Riches In The Universal Church Of The Kingdom Of God In Durban, South Africa (Prof H West)
  • Meera Venkatachalam Slavery In Memory: A Study Of The Religious Practices Of The Anglo-Ewe (Prof J Peel)
  • Anna Odland Portisch Kazakh Syrmaq-Production In Western Mongolia: Learning And Skill In A Domestic Craft Tradition (Prof T Marchand)
2006
  • David Kurt Herold Education And Progress: The Decisions Of A Chinese Minority (Mr S Thompson)
  • Ingeborg Hovland Distance Destroys And Kills: An Anthropological Inquiry Into The Nature Of Faith In A Lutheran Norwegian Missionary Society (Prof J Peel)
  • Makiko Taniguchi Jackie Chan Fights Lei Feng? An Anthropological Consideration Of The Televisual Representation Of Heroes In Contemporary Urban China (Mr S Thompson)
  • Eleni Sideri The Greeks Of The Former Soviet Republic Of Georgia.  Memories And Practices Of Diaspora. (Dr P Raman)
  • Daisuke Murakami National Imaginings, Ethnic Tourism And Contested Tibetan Identities In Contemporary Lhasa, Tibet (Prc) (Dr D Martinez)
  • Satoshi Ota The Ambiguous Lightness Of Being: Taiwanese Youth, Identity, And The Consumption Of Japanese Youth Culture (Dr D Martinez)
  • Sheila Anne Fish Children, Media And Class In Post-Suharto Indonesia (Prof M Hobart)
2005
  • Wing Chung Ho Managing Changes In A Socialist "Model Community": The Reminiscences Of The "Revolutionary Vanguards" In Urban Shanghai In The Late 1990s (Dr K Latham)
  • Kristopher Paul Chapman Inside The Dojo: Participation And Performance In The Japanese Martial Arts (Dr D Martinez)
  • Yu Cheng Xian Old Music In New China: "Living Fossil" Or "Flowing River"? (Dr S Hughes)
  • Rebecca Marsland Ethnographic Malaria: The Uses Of Medical Knowledge In Tanzania (Dr C Davis)
2004
  • Matthew Alexander Gillan Multiple Identities  In Yaeyaman Folk Music (Dr S Hughes)
  • Jakob Akiba Klein Reinventing The Traditional Guangzhou Teahouse: Caterers, Customers And Cooks In Post-Socialist Urban South China (Dr K Latham)
  • Bina Desai Local Brokers: Knowledge, Trust And Organisation In The Practice Of Agricultural Extension For Small And Marginal Farmers In Rajasthan, India (Prof D Mosse)
  • Khek Gee Francis Lim Imagining The Good Life In The Himalaya (Prof J Peel)

Luigi Achilli
Staff Silhouette

Does the political bore? The denial and camouflage of the “political” in a Palestinian refugee camp.

Karin Ahlberg
Karin Ahlberg

Mediating the nation, making markets – productions and circulations of Egypt along international networks



Antonia Baum
Staff Silhouette

Performing and Transforming Identities in Israel-Palestine (working title)


Zofia Boni
Zofia Boni

Children and Food in Warsaw: Discourses, Practices and Negotiations around the Process of Feeding (working title).



Ms. Kathrine Ann D. Cagat
Kathrine Cagat

Testing grounds: intersections in ritual and technology in Ifugao Province


Jessica M Chu
Jessica Chu

The cultural economy of 'land grabs' in Zambia (working title).

Niamh Jane Clifford Collard
Niamh Jane Clifford Collard

Crafting Knowledge Through Textiles in Ewe-speaking Ghana


Mary-Anne Decatur
Mary-Anne Decatur

Medicalization and Meaning: Male Circumcision, Female Genital Cutting and HIV in Northern Tanzania (working title)


Brendan Donegan
Brendan Donegan

Spaces for negotiation and mass action: an anthropological study of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s Health Movement), the National Rural Health Mission and the right to health movement in India

Jamila Dorner
Staff Silhouette

Enskilment in a South Indian classical dance form Knowledge transmission and improvisation skills in Bharatanatyam


Špela Drnovšek Zorko
Spela Drnovsek Zorko

Tracing gendered 'homes' in diasporic intergenerational narratives of Yugoslavia.

Mahzad Madeleine Essalat
Staff Silhouette

Bahais, Iranian Christians of Muslim-background, and Zoroastrians in the greater Washington metropolitan area an ethnographic exploration of religious minority communities in migration context.


Franziska Fay
Franziska Fay

Contesting the Ordinary: Children's Perspectives on 'Child Protection' in Educational Settings in Zanzibar, Tanzania.


Giulia Zoccatelli
Giulia Zoccatelli

Globalizing Empowerment: an ethnography of AIDS and civil society in post-socialist China (working title)


Katharina Graf
Katharina Graf

Domestic Cooking in Morocco: Skill, Knowledge Transmission and Social Change (working title)

Fabian Graham
Fabian Graham

Contemporary Tang-ki and Lingji Mediumship in Singapore and Taiwan: A Comparative Study of Two Folk Taoist Religious Landscapes


Diana Ibanez-Tirado
Diana Tirado

“Multiple temporalities, identity and subjectivity in southern Tajikistan” (working title)


Gunvor Jónsson
Gunvor Jonsson

The Migration Processes of Young Women in Mali


Jas Kaur
Staff Silhouette

(Working title) Ethnicity, coups and the ethnographic present in Fiji.


Nadeem Karkabi
Nadeem Karkabi

‘Arab A-dub Attack’: The Palestinian Alternative Music Scene in Israel and the West Bank (working title)

Taha Kazi
Taha Kazi

Pious Entertainment – Changing Forms and Notions of Piety in Pakistan


Jessica Kendall
Jessica Kendall PhD Student

(Working Title) 'African Fever'; the politics of race in the international circus arena


Amit Kisku
Staff Silhouette

State, Forest and People: The Changing Relationship and its Impact on the Modern Forests of India

Gabriel Klaeger
Gabriel Klaeger

Rush and relax: Intricate movements, fleeting encounters and the dilemmas of speed on a Ghanaian road (working title)


Herby Lai
Lai Herby

Chinese student migrants in Japan: cosmopolitanism, quality and individualism (working title).


Yun Miao
Staff Silhouette

Tourism Led Development and Tibeten Identity.


Sandra Manuel
Sandra Manuel

Changing notions of sexuality in Mozambique


Mhishi Lennon Chido
Lennon Chido Mhishi

Songs of Migration: Experiences of Music, Place Making and Identity Negotiation amongst Zimbabwean Migrants in London


Seamus Murphy
Seamus Murphy

'Power, Development Discourses, and Food Security; the changing entitlements of Lake Chilwa’s resource-users'.


Nafsika Papacharalampous
Nafsika Papacharalampous

The Metamorphosis of the Greek Cuisine: National identity, tradition, heritage and memory as narratives of change from the Athens Market (working title).


Maureen Pritchard
Maureen Pritchard

The Dialogic Imagination: Art, Ethnicity and Social Suffering in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan

Ayaz Qureshi
Ayaz Qureshi

Bureaucrats, business and the (bio)politics of HIV in Pakistan


Hannah Roberson
Staff Silhouette

Food movements in the ‘Big Society’

Caitlin Robinson
Caitlin Robinson

Beauty Works: Cosmetic Surgery and Narratives of the Body Beautiful in Beirut (working title).


Carl Rommel
Carl Rommel

The Cultural Work that Football Does: interrogating emotionality, infrastructures and subjectivities along circulations of Egypt’s changing national game (working title)


James Russell
Staff Silhouette

Cultural Property and Heritage in Japan


Shirley N. A. Sackey
Shirley Sackey

Collective Agency: Transnational Social Organization Amongst Ghanaians in London and New York

Sarah Elsing
Sarah Elsing

The Thai-Lao border as a contested space – An ethnography of small-scale cross-border trade (working title)


Sunari Senaratne
Staff Silhouette

The Post Tsunami Dynamic: 'Reconstruction' in coastal Sri Lanka


Sylvia Simpson
Staff Silhouette

Japanese Women in the UK and their Media (working title)


Ms Cristiana Strava
Cristiana Strava

At Home with Modernity: Exploring Place-making on the Margins of Casablanca.

Ms Minori Suzuki
Minori Suzuki

Traditional Japanese music in Germany: transnational cultural space for gagaku music and the idea of national culture.


Ayako Suzuki
Staff Silhouette

The dynamics of Japanese identity amongst Japanese young migrants in Dublin

Dorota Szawarska
Dorota Szawarska

Kinship – an ambivalent relation: the case of Sakhalin Korean Repatriates



Helen Underhill
Helen Underhill

Arts education in Palestine: how are artistic skills and visual sensibilities constructed? (Working title)


Sahil Khan Warsi
Staff Silhouette

Cultivating Hambastagi and Hamdardi: Personhood and Relatedness among Afghans in India (Working Title)


Pei-chien Wu
Pei-Chien Wu

Chinese Muslim in Malaysia: the shaping of identity and ethnic boundaries

Willa Zhen
Willa Zhen

Learning to 'Taste': Skills Transmission and Identity Formation in Cantonese Cooking Schools


Thomas van der Molen
Thomas van der Molen

Navigating Sovereignties: Social Navigation among Young Undocumented Tibetans in Nepal