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KristenGhodsee
2010–2011
Bowdoin College
Nationality, Religion, and Church-State Symphony: An Ethnographic Study of Secularisms in Southeastern Europe

Kristen Ghodsee is the John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College and a specialist on gender and postsocialist cultural studies, examining how ordinary men and women experienced the economic transformation from communism in Eastern Europe. She has published two books specifically examining postsocialist Bulgaria: The Red Riviera: Gender, Tourism, and Postsocialism on the Black Sea (Duke University Press, 2005) and Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria (Princeton University Press, 2009). Her third book, tentatively titled Lost in Transition: Ethnography and Everyday Life After Socialism, is forthcoming from Duke University Press in 2011.

At Radcliffe, she will be writing a new book on “symphonic secularism,” the particular form of church-state relations that emerges from Eastern Orthodox theology. Ghodsee will be investigating the myriad of factors that inform a very distinct conception of religion—one that may produce religious pluralism and tolerance without necessitating a complete separation of spiritual and temporal authorities.

Ghodsee earned her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, and her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Program, the International Research & Exchanges Board, the National Council on Eurasian and East European Research, and the National Science Foundation. She has also been awarded residential research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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