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Professor in the Department of Anthropology101C+44 (0) 191 33 41598
Member of the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies  



I graduated from the Moscow State University and received my PhD degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (Univerity of London). Throughout my work I have explored issues in the study of minority identities, specifically in relation to constructions of difference in public discourses about race and religion, and in the context of science and biotechnology. My past two major projects focused on the context of South Asia and resulted in the publication of The Jews of Andhra Pradesh: Contesting Caste and Religion in South India (with Shahid Perwez, OUP, 2013) and Jews and Muslims in South Asia: Reflections on Difference, Religion and Race (OUP, 2018). My current research explores the experiences of Jewish and Muslim communities in the UK and debates about definitions of antisemitism and Islamophobia.

I am the Director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics. 

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD research on the following topics:

  • Religion and race
  • Anthropology of Jewish communities
  • Inter-faith and inter-community dialogue
  • Anthropology of science and biotechnology

Research interests

  • Religion and race
  • Anthropology of Jewish communities
  • Jewish-Muslim relations
  • Anthropology of science
  • Minorities

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