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Dr Madeleine Reeves - personal details

Contact details

Role: Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Tel: 0161 275-3488

Location: Arthur Lewis Building-2.054
School of Social Sciences
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




I am a social anthropologist with a background in the study of social and political thought and Russian and Soviet history. I received my MA from the University of Chicago and my BA and PhD from the University of Cambridge. I joined the University of Manchester in 2007, initially as an RCUK Research Fellow in Conflict, Cohesion and Change in the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), and subsequently as a lecturer in the Social Anthropology discipline area. I seek to contribute to a critical anthropology of the post-Soviet state through a consideration of place, territory, transnational migration and border work, based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan and Russia. Between 2000 and 2002 and again in 2005 I taught Sociology and Anthropology at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I have also served as the Anthropology subject lead at the University of Cambridge's Institute for Continuing Education.  I currently serve on the education committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute, on the International Advisory Board of the Russian anthropology journal, Etnograficheskoe obozrenie, and since 2016 serve as Editor of Central Asian Survey. I have published in issues of migration and deportation, space and territory, border work and state practice, and on the development of an anthropology of Central Asia. My 2014 monograph, Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia (Cornell University Press) was awarded the 2015 Rothschild Prize of the Association of the Study of Nationalities and the 2016 Alexander Nove Prize of the British Association of Slavic and East European Studies.