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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

Books

Tales from Albarado: Pyramid Firms, Value and Social Transformation in Postsocialist Albania. (Under contract with Cornell University Press.)

2018    [Co-edited With Bill Maurer and Ivan Small]Money at the Margins: Global Perspectives on Technology, Inclusion and Design. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books. (The Human Economy Series, Eds. Keith Hart and John Sharp).

 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Forthcoming    “The Magic of Pyramid Firms: Political Cosmologies, Credibility and Collapsed Finance in Albania” Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology.(In Press)

2018    “Corruption, Right On! Hidden Cameras, Satire and Intimacies of Anti-corruption.” Current Anthropology. 59 (S18): S105-S116

 2017    “Pyramid Firms and Value Transformation in Postsocialist Albania.” Ethnologie Française. No. 2: 321-330.

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

Book Chapters 

2018    (with Ivan Small) “Introduction: Money and Finance at the Margins.” InMoney at the Margins: Global Perspectives on Technology, Inclusion and Design.Eds. Bill Maurer, Smoki Musaraj, and Ivan Small. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books (The Human Economy Series, Eds. Keith Hart and John Sharp)

2018    “Corruption Indicators in the Local Legal/Political Landscape: Reflections from Albania. In The Palgrave Handbook of Indicators in Global Governance by Indicators. Eds. Deborah Valentina Malito, Gaby Umbach, and Nehal Bhuta. Palgrave Macmillan

2015    “Indicators, Global Expertise, and a Local Political Drama: Producing and Deploying Corruption Perception Surveys in Albania.” The Quiet Power of Indicators: Measuring Governance, Corruption, and Rule of Law.Eds. Sally Engle Merry, Kevin Davis, Angelina Fisher, and Benedict Kingsbury. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

2012    “Alternative Publics, Alternative Temporalities: Unofficial Collective Practices in Communist Albania’.” InAlbania: Family, Society and Culture in the 20th Century.Eds. Andrea Hemming, Gentiana Kera, Enriketa Papa.LIT Verlag

Editor Reviewed Journal Articles

2016    “Shtëpi Evropjane për një të ardhme më të mirë.” (European Homes for a Better Future.) Përpjekja Vol 34 (1)

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 Shqipëri6: 4-14

 

Book reviews

2017    Book Review of Anthropology and Economyby Stephen Gudeman. Current Anthropology58 (6): 822-823

2014    “Materialities, Politics, and Affects of Socialist and Postsocialist Homes.” Review of Politics in Color and Concrete: Socialist Materialities and the Middle Class in Hungary. By Krisztina Fehérváry. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. Current Anthropology.Vol 55(6): 832-833

2002    Review of Elsie, Robert. A Dictionary of Albanian Religion, Mythology and Folk Culture. Nationalism and Ethnic PoliticsVol. 8:3