I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Ohio University. I am a cultural anthropologist with a specialization in economic and legal anthropology. My research focusses on the anthropology of money and value; informal economies; speculative bubbles; anthropology of corruption; postsocialist transformations; and societies of South Europe and the Mediterranean.

One area of focus of my research is the anthropology of money and finance at the margins of global capitalism. My book entitled, Tales from Albarado: Ponzi Logics of Accumulation in Postsocialist Albania, (Cornell 2020) explores the widespread participation in to the pyramid schemes in 1990s Albania. Read more about Tales of Albarado here. I have also co-edited the book Money at the Margins: Global Perspectives on Technology, Inclusion and Design (with Bill Maurer and Ivan Small) (Berghahn 2018).

Another area of focus of my research is the anthropology of corruption. I have conducted ethnographic research on corruption indicators, civil society and other whistleblowers. Among others, I published the article “Corruption, Right On! Hidden Cameras, Satire and Intimacies of Anti-corruption” in the special issue on the Anthropology of Corruption in Current Anthropology.

Contact: musaraj[at]ohio.edu