Riot police at the first protest, December 5th, 2011.
Mourners at Yegor Gaidar's grave, March 19th, 2011.
"They've fucked you." Anarchists, 1st Bolotnaya protest, 10 Dec., 2011.
The Russian Socialist Movement (RSD) at a protest.
Sergei Udaltsov refuses to leave Pushkinskaya Square, March 5th, 2012.
Wake for Leonid Abalkin, economist of perestroika, May 5th, 2011.
Socialists gather at Revolution Square, December 10th, 2011.
General Assembly at the Occupy Abai encampment, May 2012.
Kudrin and Chubais dedicate a plaque of Gaidar, March 19th, 2011.
The Institute of Economics, viewed from CEMI
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What is it to govern and to be governed in the contemporary situation? I am an anthropologist concerned with political rationalities and technologies of rule. In particular, I am interested in the imagination and assembly of forms of political order that could be understood as liberalisms by means of the forms of knowledge called economics. My current project is a historical ethnography of the mathematical economists of Moscow from the Soviet Union to contemporary Russia. It draws on twenty months of field research, during which I was based at the New Economic School (NES) and Central Economic Mathematical Institute (CEMI) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (pictured at right). The genealogy of Moscow economics reveals a point of emergence and elaboration for alternative liberalisms and socialisms that illuminate both the limits and fecundity of the modern political imaginary.

Contact Information
The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies 914.980.2970
1727 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
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Education  Download as PDF.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
Ph. D. in Anthropology, May 2016

University of Chicago, Chicago IL
Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Philosophy, June 2005
Professional Appointments
2018–Assistant Professor, Columbia University, Department of Slavic Languages
2016–2018Academy Scholar, Harvard University, Academy for International and Area Studies
Awards and Fellowships
2014Duke Center for the History of Political Economy Final Year Fellow
2014 Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science Dissertation Fellow (declined)
2013 Critical Writing Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
2013 Kennan Institute Summer Research Scholarship
2012 Institute for New Economic Thinking Research Grant
2012 Institute for New Economic Thinking Young Scholar
2011 Duke University NIH Summer Institute in the History of Economics
2010 Wenner Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
2010 ACCELS/ACTR Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Grant
2010 Fulbright IIE (declined)
2009 Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace, Middlebury College School of Russian
2009 Critical Language Scholarship (declined)
2008 University of Pennsylvania Slavic Studies Department Summer Language Award
2008 University of Pennsylvania Anthropology Department Summer Field Award
2006-2011 University of Pennsylvania Benjamin Franklin Fellow
2001-2005 National Merit Scholar
2001-2005 University of Chicago University Scholar
Publications
2016 “Dreams in Cybernetic Fugue: Cold War Technoscience, the Intelligentsia, and the Birth of Soviet Mathematical Economics,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 46(5): 633–668.
Lectures and Presentations
Invited Talks
2016 “Assembling the Economic Mechanism: Soviet Economics 1937–1965 and the Technology of Socialist Government” Invited lecture at the Columbia University Science, Knowledge, and Technology Workshop, 22 February.
2015 “Assembling the Economic Mechanism: Soviet Economics 1937–1965 and the Technology of Socialist Government” Invited lecture at the Duke University Center for the History of Political Economy, 10 April.
2014 “Dreams in cybernetic fugue: The mathematization of Soviet economics,” Invited lecture at the Duke University Center for the History of Political Economy, 17 November.
2012 "Fragments for a history of economics in Russia, 1958-2012," Invited lecture at the Baltic International Centre for Economical Policy Studies, 21 June.
Conference Papers
2016 “On the Socialist Origins of the Capitalist ‘Economy’,” 41st Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, 17–20 November.
2016 “On the Socialist Origins of the Capitalist ‘Economy’,” 41st Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, 17–20 November.
2016 “On the Socialist Origins of the Capitalist ‘Economy’,” Historicizing “the Economy,” Harvard University, 23–24 September.
2016 “Metastases of Late Communism: Soviet Technological Futurology and the Political Economy of Stagnation,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, 14–5 May.
2015 "Forecasting a Future That Would Never Come: The Horizon of Soviet Technological Futurology," 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, 18-22 November.
2015 "The Long Road to Asymptopia: The Assembly of Mathematical Economics and the Rebirth of Economic Veridiction in the Soviet Union," 40th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, 12-15 November.
2015 “In All But Name: The Reconstruction of Economic Reason in the Post-War Soviet Economy,” Annual Meeting of the History of Economics Society, 26-29 June.
2015 “Planning the End of Planning: Late Soviet Theories of “the Administrative Market” and the Formation of Yeltsin’s First Government,” HISRECO: History of Recent Economics, University of Cergy-Pontoise, 29-30 May.
2015 “Towards an Anthropology of Formalisms: Semiotic Technologies for Making 'the Economy',” 2nd Annual Semiotic Anthropology Conference, at the University of Pennsylvania, 6-7 May.
2014 "Mobilizing a Universal Technology: IMF Financial Programming and the Legibility of the Russian Economy in Transition," 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, 3-7 December. (Organizer of panel, "Figuring Expert and Everyday Economies: Representations/Interventions," sponsored by the Society for Economic Anthropology.)
2014 "The Fractured Field: Power and Economic Expertise in the Russian Government across Two Decades of Crisis," 39th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, 6-9 November.
2014 "Post-Soviet Russian liberalism in search of its futures past," 21st Annual Meeting of the Council for European Studies, 14-16 March.
2014 "Towards computopia: Mathematicians, Cold War science, and the (re)birth of 'economic cybernetics' in the Soviet Union," Mathematical Superpowers: The Politics of Universality in a Divided World, at New York University, 27-28 February.
2013 "On the political economy of non-democracies: Second-order theory of Russia's transition to capitalism," 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, 20-24 November. (Organizer of panel, "Technopolitical Futures," sponsored by the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology.)
2013 "First contact: Soviet and American economists at the beginning of the end of the Soviet economy," 38th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, 21-4 November.
2012 "Descent from Snake Mountain: On the contexts and content of late Soviet economics," 44th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, 15-18 November.
2012 "Political economy in the think tank," 16th Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought, 17-19 May.
Conference Panels Organized
2014 "Figuring Expert and Everyday Economies: Representations/Interventions," 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, sponsored by the Society for Economic Anthropology, 3-7 December.
2013 "Technopolitical Futures," 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, sponsored by the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, 20-24 November.
Departmental Talks
2015 "Dreams in Cybernetic Fugue: The Scientific-Technical Intelligentsia, the Thaw, and Mathematical Economics," Slavic Studies Kruzhok, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, 23 March.
2013 "An impossible science? How hydroelectric engineers, cyberneticists, Orthodox mystics, transport planners, rocket scientists, Stalin, etc., assembled Soviet economics, again," Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, September.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2016 Communication and Culture, Instructor, University of Pennsylvania
2015 Globalization and Science Fiction, Instructor, University of Pennsylvania
2013-2014 Unmaking Soviet Life, Instructor, University of Pennsylvania
2009 East Asian Modernization, Teaching Assistant for Jaesok Kim, University of Pennsylvania
2008 Globalization in Historical Perspective, Teaching Assistant for Brian Spooner, University of Pennsylvania
2008 The Modern World and Its Cultural Background, Teaching Assistant for Greg Urban, University of Pennsylvania
2007 Globalization in Historical Perspective, Teaching Assistant for Brian Spooner, University of Pennsylvania
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
American Anthropological Association, 2005-present
    Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
    Society for Cultural Anthropology
    Soyuz: Post-Communist Cultural Studies Interest Group
Social Science History Association, 2013-present
Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, 2012-present
European Society for the History of Economic Thought, 2012-present History of Economics Society, 2015-present
LANGUAGES
Russian, French, German (reading)
REFERENCES
Adriana Petryna
Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Anthropology
University Museum, Rm. 415
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6398
215-746-0423


Philippe Bourgois
Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology and Family and Community Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Anthropology
University Museum, Rm. 334
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6398
215-746-1937


John Tresch
Associate Professor
Department of History and Sociology of Science
University of Pennsylvania
326 Claudia Cohen Hall
249 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304


Serguei Alex Oushakine
Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Anthropology
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Princeton University
226 East Pyne
Princeton, NJ 08544
609-258-2385


Stephen J. Collier
Associate Professor
Graduate Program in International Affairs
New School University
66 West 12th St Office 612
New York, NY 10011
212-206-3524 x2432