Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Leyla Keough

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Leyla Keough
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Critical Social Inquiry
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Leyla Keough is a cultural anthropologist who has worked on behalf of cultural diversity, migrant and women’s rights, and social justice in Turkey, Moldova, and the United States. These efforts have taken place though her research and writing, within college classrooms and in public forums. Her research and teaching span many topics: from Islamist veiling and undocumented migration in Turkey to trafficking in women in Eastern Europe. Yet, an underlying theme is the intersectional analysis of controversial debates regarding women’s status, role, and representation. Her book, Worker-Mothers at the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migrations between Moldova and Istanbul (Indiana University and Woodrow Wilson Press, 2016) explores the world of undocumented migrant women on the margins of Europe, detailing an unusual pattern of migration from Moldova to Turkey and the transformations from socialism to capitalism. Keough shows how changes in the global economy have affected women in this region, but also how ideas about women and gender shape the way we think about migration and the global economy.

Keough holds a B.A. in International Relations (George Washington University, 1994), M.A. in social science (University of Chicago, 1997), and Ph.D. in anthropology (University of Massachusetts Amherst 2008). Parallel to her studies, she worked outside of academia in a variety of capacities (as writer and editor for Encyclopaedia Africana, development associate at a refugee resettlement agency in Boston, consultant to the International Organization for Migration, and as a research assistant, editor, and conference organizer). In 2007-8 she was a research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C., and in 2008-9 she held a postdoctoral research scholarship at Sabanci University in Istanbul. She has been teaching at Hampshire College since 2011.

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