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Dr. Arkin is a cultural anthropologist broadly interested in the production and contestation of national, religious, racial, and gendered identities in France and Western Europe more generally. Her first book, Rhinestones, Religion, and the Republic: Fashioning Jewishness in France,explores the racialization of Jewishness among second and third generation North African Jewish adolescents, arguing that it is both a mode of asserting relative Frenchness and a major barrier to feeling “at home” in France. She is beginning a new project on where, when, and how “national” morality gets produced in deeply plural France. Entitled The “Nature” of Personhood: Biomedical Experts and the Limits of Secular Morality in France, the project explores the sources of French medical professionals’ moral discomfort with “liberal” and/or “market-based” approaches to ethically-fraught medical domains, excavating the possible links between that discomfort and Catholic understandings of authority, individual autonomy, and “nature.”
- AN 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- AN 461/761 Ethnography and Anthropological Theory I
- AN 316/716 Contemporary European Ethnography (area)
- AN 355/755 Religious Fundamentalism in an Anthropological Perspective
- AN 252 Ethnicity and Identity
In Press “The Vanishing State: Religious Education and Intolerance in French Jewish Schools.” In Living Together with Difference. Seligman, Adam, ed. Oxford University Press.
2014 Rhinestones, Religion, and the Republic: Fashioning Jewishness in France. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
2011 “Laïcité, Fraternité, and Nationalité: discontinuities in French Jewish discourse.” AJS Perspectives, Spring
2009 “Rhinestone Aesthetics and Religious Essence: Looking Jewish in Paris.” American Ethnologist 36(4): 722-734
PhD University of Chicago
MA University of Chicago
BA Harvard University