Anna is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute and will be a Weatherhead Scholar at the WCFIA in the academic year 2019 - 2020, both at Harvard University. She is a comparative historical sociologist working on questions of authoritarianism, race, meaning making, agency and the transformation of large scale institutions (such as the welfare state). Anna received her Ph.D. in September 2018 from the department of sociology at New York University under the supervision of Jeff Manza, Craig Calhoun, David Garland, Ann Morning and Sheldon Garon.
Her dissertation, Making the Master Race, investigates state-led ethnoracial classification practices in mono-ethnic racial supremacies, specifically 20th century Germany and Japan and their empires. She is currently at work on a book manuscript on race, agency and the dynamic nature of decision-making in colonial and imperial contexts. Empirically, she explores how Japanese and German 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 will be on counter-terrorism.
Gabriele Münter, Schreibende Frau (1929)