About the Author

Jeremy A. Pine is a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Anthropology.  His doctoral thesis explores the political-economic anthropology of Central Asia.

He received his B.A. in Semiotics and Ethnography from Hampshire College. His thesis at Hampshire came about as the result of a year of independent research in the Kyrgyz Republic. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he became the first person to receive a Fulbright Fellowship to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

His interests include the sociology of the production of expert knowledge, particularly in disciplines of economics and political science. His work brings together studies of shadow or grey economies and decentralized or non-state power structures.

His dissertation will comprise an ethnography of the smuggling and corruption along the contemporary Silk Road through Central Asia, focusing on trade networks and their exclusion from official economic documentation. This ethnographic project will provide data for a more broad exploration of the incommensurability of different forms of knowledge about the region and its political and economic structures.

Much of Jeremy’s academic career has been devoted to the study of nationalism and ethnic chauvinism in newly formed or newly independent states. He has a broad regional focus that encompasses the intersections of Turkic, Persianate, and Slavic worlds, spanning from the Balkans to Northwest China.

Jeremy has conducted research across Central Asia, in the Caucuses, in Southeastern Europe, and in Madagascar in the hope that his work may contribute to a deeper understanding of political formations that exist adjacent to the nation-state.

TJ mountains

Hiking in the mountians outside of Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 2007.

2 Responses to About the Author

  1. Bonjour Jeremy,

    My name is Hélène, I’m a grad student (poli sci) from the U of Ottawa. A friend of mine sent me the link to your blog and I was quite interested by your research. Here in Ottawa, we have set up the Political ethnography projet, a group for students and researchers who are interested in ethnography and I though you might be interested. There are very few ethnographers out there so we though it would be a good idea to get in touch, share experiences and ideas.
    As for me, I am focusing on religious dynamics in Northern Tajikistan. I spent 6 months there last year and I’m going back in June, after spending few days in KG at the beginning of June. Who knows, maybe we will have the chance to meet if you are still around.

    Please have a look on the website, you can register and contribute to updates.
    Kosh kalyng!

  2. Bakhrom says:

    Hi Jeremy,

    thank you for the letter you sent me on facebook, unfortunately someone reported that I am sending spam on website and I can not send letter to you, for this reason I am going to leave comment here, in your blog. I appreciate your interest in my work, I discovered your blog as very interesting… and now thinking to include it into CA page in my own one. I am from Kyrgyzstan, at present live and work in Norway, soon by the end of the year will return home. I would be pleased to be in touch with you and wish you good luck in your personal life and academic career. After the end of punishment term in Facebook will send you friend request, if you don’t mind it, have a nice day 🙂

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