Yearly Archives: 2012

about me

I have multiple “homes” to which which I owe key formative moments in my life.

I was born and raised in Tirana, Albania, during the late-socialist and early-postsocialist transition. To this day, I miss the unique golden glow of the city’s low-rises at sunset and the melancholy sadness of the rain on its empty streets after the immigrant season.

I studied in Canada for six years, first at the international high-school, Lester B. Pearson College (Victoria, BC), and then pursuing a BA in Cultural Studies and Political Studies at Trent University (Peterborough, ON). Both places have provided me with a deep passion for international friendships and for a life driven by intelectual curiosity.

From 2001 – 2012 I lived in New York City where I completed an M.A. in Political Sciences and a Ph.D. in Anthropology, both at the New School. While in New York, I immersed myself in the city’s multiple worlds. I gained a vast repertoire of experiences from being a barista in an East Village coffee shop to an audio-visual technician at the International House, from teaching English to Albanian, Russian and Chinese immigrants to designing and teaching my own courses in social sciences to students of various divisions at The New School’s divisions, including Eugene Lang college, Parsons’ School of Design and the Graduate Program in International Affairs.

publications

2012 “Alternative Publics: Reflections on Marginal Collective Practices in Communist Albania’’ In Albania: Family, Society and Culture in the 20th Century. Eds. Andrea Hemming, Gentiana Kera, Enriketa Papa. LIT Verlag.

2011 “Tales from Albarado: The Materiality of Pyramid Schemes in Postsocialist Albania” Cultural Anthropology. 26(1): 84-110. See also Supplementary Material.

2009 “Passport Troubles: Social Tactics and Places of Informal Transactions in Postosocialist Albania” Anthropology of East Europe Review. 27(2): 157-175

2008 “Pikëpyetje Antropologjike Mbi Korrupsionin” (Anthropological Questions on Corruption) Polis 6: Korrupsioni në Shqipëri (Corruption in Albania) European Univ. of Tirana. 6: 4-14

2002 Book Review of Elsie, Robert. A Dictionary of Albanian Religion, Mythology and Folk Culture. In Nationalism and Ethnic Politics Vol. 8:3 Frank Cass & Co. 2002

2003 “Shqiperia Ekzotike: mit apo realitet?” (Exotic Albania: Myth or Reality?) Ezeta, Nr.11. Nov 14, 2003 www.ezeta.org