Dace Dzenovska Associate Professor in the Anthropology of Migration

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Dace is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology of Migration at COMPAS and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA). Prior to this, she held a Marie Curie Fellowship at COMPAS and a three-year research and teaching position in social anthropology at the University of Latvia. She received a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dace has turned her doctoral dissertation on tolerance promotion and postsocialist democratization in Latvia into a book manuscript entitled Complicit Becoming: Tolerance Work and Europeanization After Socialism. She has published peer-reviewed articles in internationally renowned journals, including Comparative Studies in Society and History, Anthropological Theory and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Dace’s research and teaching interests include migration, diaspora politics, state building, governance, borders, nationalism and democratization in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Her current work explores the phenomenon of outmigration from Latvia following EU enlargement. She analyses leaving and staying as responses to forms of capitalism and state power that have emerged in a historical moment shaped by postsocialist neoliberalism, nationalism, European integration and, most recently, fiscal austerity. She also examines how transnational and multi-scalar governance of intra-European mobility is transforming statehood and sovereignty in Europe.



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