EUS Faculty

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins 

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins 

Office: Hopson 304
Phone: 845-758-7201

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Program Affiliations: Middle Eastern Studies and Human Rights

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins joined Bard in 2013. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Human Rights from Columbia University, an Msc. in Forced Migration from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. Her research has been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner Gren Foundation, Columbia University, the Palestinian American Research Council and Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Based on fieldwork in the West Bank between 2007 and 2016, her current book project, provisionally titled Waste Siege: Improvisation, Precarity and Infrastructure in Twenty-First Century Palestine, explores what happens when, as Palestinians are increasingly forced into proximity with their own wastes and with those of their occupiers, waste is transformed from “matter out of place” into matter with no place to go. Her research thus highlights the intersections of garbage, sewage and waste markets with changing experiences of governance and occupation in post-Oslo Palestine. Her publications include pieces in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, The Jerusalem Quarterly, Anthropology News, The New Centennial Review, and the Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper Series at the University of Oxford. She has presented her work at invited sessions of the American Anthropological Association annual meetings, at the annual meetings of the Middle East Studies Association, Brown University’s New Directions in Palestinian Studies, the American Ethnological Society, the Association of American Geographers, the Modern Greek Studies Association as well as at a number of venues in Palestine. Her broader research and teaching interests include the anthropology of the state, infrastructure, science and environment in the Middle East, climate change adaptation, colonialism and post-colonial theory, discard studies, the anthropology of work, austerity and assisted reproduction.