I am an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Ohio University and Director of Study at the Honors Tutorial College.

I am a cultural anthropologist with a specialization in economic and legal anthropology. My research focusses on the anthropology of money and value; unofficial/informal/alternative economies; speculative bubbles and Ponzi finance; corruption, transparency and governance; housing, homes and construction; socialism and postsocialism; and societies of South Europe and the Mediterranean.

Currently, I am currently working on a book manuscript titled, Tales from Albarado: Pyramid Firms and the Ponzi Logics of Accumulation in Postsocialist Albania. The book builds upon fifteen months (2008-2009) of ethnographic and archival research on the boom and bust of the infamous in early ’90s Albania. The book explores the social, economic and cultural forces that contribute to the emergence, legitimacy and effects of Ponzi forms of finance in the context of deep free-market reform and liberalization. Read more about Tales of Albarado here. Part of my research was also published in an article in Cultural Anthropology.

Another research project for me has been the study of the production and circulation of corruption indicators, their role as forms of expertise with concrete effects in local political developments. More specifically, I have looked at the production and circulation of a USAID-sponsored corruption perception survey produced by a local market research center between 2005-2010 in Albania. I have developed this project in collaboration with the Indicators as Global Technology / Governance by Information Group based at the Institute for International Law and Justice at NYU School of Law.

Contact: musaraj[at]ohio.edu