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Kathryn Graber

Former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar


    January 1, 2012 — July 31, 2012

    Professional affiliation

    Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology & Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University

    Wilson Center Projects

    “Mixed Messages: Native Language Media in a Siberian Republic”

    Full Biography

    Kathryn E. Graber is assistant professor of Anthropology and Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. A linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist, she researches minority language politics, multilingualism, mass media, materiality, and intellectual property in Russia and Mongolia. She is the author of Mixed Messages: Mediating Native Belonging in Asian Russia (Cornell University Press, 2020) and co-editor of Storytelling as Narrative Practice: Ethnographic Approaches to the Tales We Tell (Brill, 2019). Graber’s award-winning writing on Buryatia has appeared in journals such as Slavic Review, the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology,Language & Communication, and Inner Asia, as well as in Russian collections.Since 2014 she has been researching how value is negotiated in the Mongolian cashmere industry, based on fieldwork at sites along the commodity chain. Her research has been funded by agencies including the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education/Fulbright-Hays, and the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Graber is also an award-winning teacher, teaching courses at IUB that bridge anthropology and area studies. She holds an AB in Anthropology and Linguistics (University of Chicago), MA in Russian and East European Studies (University of Michigan), and MA and PhD in Anthropology (University of Michigan). She previously held postdoctoral fellowships at the Kennan Institute and IUB.