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Jonathan Turbin

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MA, Anthropology, Brandeis University (2011); MPA/MA, International Relations, Syracuse University (2005); BA, Philosophy, Politics and Law, State University of New York at Binghamton (2002)

Focus Area

Cultural Anthropology (Advisor: Philip Scher)


Jonathan is a first-year doctoral student focusing on historical memory and heritage. His particular research interests include how memories of the African American slave trade are embedded in roles, aesthetics and rituals in Atlantic World sites, as well as how these memories compete with dominant historical narratives. How history is “performed” is another area of significant interest. To date Jonathan has conducted fieldwork on monuments and museums in Barbados as well as perceptions of post-colonialism in Cote d’Ivoire.