Associate professor of anthropology Vasiliki Neofotistos

Vasiliki Neofotistos

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Office: 370 MFAC
Phone Number: (716) 645-0405
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PhD, Harvard University
BA, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

Research Interests

The Balkans, Eastern Europe, violence, political anthropology, the anthropology of war and peace, the interface between social anthropology and policy-making, conflict management and prevention, post-conflict stablization, and democracy building.

Courses Offered

Undergraduate Courses
APY 217 | Anthropology of War
APY 494 | Senior Seminar: Violence and the Nation-State

Graduate Courses
APY 602 | Anthropology of War and Peace
APY 655 | Graduate Survey Social Anthropology
APY 694 | Violence and the Nation-State

Selected Publications


2012. The Risk of War: Everyday Sociality in the Republic of Macedonia. University of Pennsylvania Press, the Ethnography of Political Violence series.

Special Journal Editor

2010. Critical Engagements with Cultural Intimacy. Anthropological Quarterly, guest editor. Spring 2010, Volume 83, no 2.

Articles and Book Chapters

2012. Going Home to Pakistan: Identity and Its Discontents in Southeastern Europe. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 18 (4): 291-316. 

2010. Post-socialism, Social Value, and Identity Politics among Albanians in Macedonia. Slavic Review 69(4): 882-902. Special issue, Rethinking Crossroads: Macedonia in Global Context. Keith Brown, Victor Friedman, and Susan Woodward, eds.

2010. Cultural Intimacy and Subversive Disorder: The Politics of Romance in the Republic of Macedonia. Anthropological Quarterly 83 (2): 279-315.

2009. Bulgarian Passports, Macedonian Identity: The Invention of EU Citizenship in the Republic of Macedonia. Anthropology Today 25 (4): 19-22.

2009. Re-thinking “Make do”: Action “from the side” and the Politics of Segmentation in the Republic of Macedonia. American Ethnologist 36 (1): 137-48.

2008. ‘The Balkans’ Other within': Imaginings of the West in the Republic of Macedonia. History and Anthropology 19 (1): 17-36.

2008. The Muslim, the Jew, and the African American: America and the Production of Alterity in the film “Borat.” Anthropology Today 24 (4): 13-17.

2004. Beyond Stereotypes: Violence and the Porousness of Ethnic Boundaries in the Republic of Macedonia. History and Anthropology 15 (1): 47-67.