Andrea Chiovenda

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Andrea Chiovenda

chiovendaMatriculated September 2009

Andrea Chiovenda’s areas of interest are the Middle East and Muslim South Asia. His main subjects of research revolve around political and legal anthropology: tribal social dynamics, tribe-state relations in post-colonial settings, conflicting legal systems and traditions, formation and transformation of leadership roles, inter-group conflicts (aggression, domination, prejudice, stereotypes). He will focus on the Pakhtun populations of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Andrea received an MA in ancient history from the University of Rome, Italy. He then served for several years as an Army officer and then a freelance journalist, working extensively in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. In 2009 he earned an MA in security studies from Georgetown University.


  • Muslim Studies Fellowship
  • Lemelson/SPA [Society for Psychological Anthropology] Student Fellowship
  • Long-Term GRAF