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Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins
Bard College
Assistant Professor
Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins received her PhD from Columbia University in 2015. She is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Bard College. Her research has been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Columbia University and the Palestinian American Research Council. Based on over two years of fieldwork in the West Bank, her current book project focuses on the intersections of garbage, sewage and waste markets with the changing nature of local governance and occupation in post-Oslo Palestine. Her publications include pieces in The Jerusalem Quarterly, Anthropology News, The New Centennial Review, and the Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper Series at the University of Oxford. Her teaching interests include the anthropology of the modern Middle East, colonialism and post-colonial theory, nationalism, the anthropology of the state, infrastructure, environmental governance and scientific and social practices that make and manage waste.
Sub Areas
19th-21st Centuries
History Of Science
Middle East/Near East Studies
State Formation
Geographic Areas of Interest
West Bank
Waste, Borders, Bureaucracies
Climate Change
Arabic (fluent)
Greek (native)
English (native)
French (intermediate)
German (elementary)
PhD | 2015 | Anthropology | Columbia University
MPhil | 2009 | Anthropology | Columbia University
MA | 2008 | Anthropology | Columbia University
MSci | 2005 | Refugee Studies Centre | University of Oxford
BA | 2004 | Anthropology & Human Rights | Columbia University
Seepage and Statecraft: Contours of Pollution in Post-Oslo Palestine "We Prepare for the Day" : Waste, Environmental Standards and Sincerity in Post-Oslo Palestinian Statecraft Greening Palestine Managing Waste in the Impossible State: Experts and the Technical-National in Palestine Litter and the Shrug: Thinking the Politics of Infrastructure through Garbage in Twenty-First Century Palestine Failure to Build: Insurgent Sewage and Infrastructural Time in Palestine Airbnb Humanitarianism in the Mediterranean