Anna is a postdoctoral fellow in the Weatherhead Scholars Program at Harvard University since August 2019, where she co-organizes Michèle Lamont’s Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion. She received her Ph.D. from the department of sociology at New York University under the supervision of Jeff Manza, Craig Calhoun, David Garland, Ann Morning and Sheldon Garon.
Anna is a cultural and comparative-historical sociologist applying qualitative and computational methods in her research on racialized authoritarianism, subjectification and the transformation of large scale institutions (such as citizenship and the welfare state). Her first book project is on citizenship in the jus sanguinis regimes of Germany and Japan. It analyzes counter-intuitive naturalization episodes that call into question conventional understandings of race, ethnicity and indigeneity in both countries and their empires in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Her dissertation, Making the Master Race, investigates ethnoracial classification practices. Empirically, she explored how bureaucrats bridged the gap between historical understandings of racial science and their own work in applying legislation on the ground (think Michael Lipsky meets George Steinmetz and Ann Stoler).
In terms of novel methodologies, Anna applies computational methods to historical and contemporary data sources — mostly natural language processing on non-European languages (where’s the fun when there’s whitespace?), and computer vision.
Her second project is an observational study of the making of racialized authoritarian regimes that centers on practices of counter/terrorism.