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.