Dr. Jessica R Greenberg
Jessica Greenberg is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to coming toUIUC, Greenberg was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and an assistant professor in Communication Studies at Northwestern University. She recently earned a Master of Studies in Law at the College of Law, University of Illinois. She is also currently the Co-Editor of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR).
- Anthropology of democracy, legal studies, youth, social movements, revolution, Serbia/Balkans, Europe, Human Rights
My work is motivated by along-standing interest in theeveryday life of social movements, as well as the hopes and disappointmentsthat have animated democratic political activism after the Cold War. My firstbook, After the[i]Revolution: Youth,Democracy, andthe Politics ofDisappointment in Postsocialist Serbia[/i] (Stanford 2014) chroniclesthe lives of student activists as theyconfront the possibilities and disappointments of democracy in the shadow ofrecent political transformation in Serbia. In exploring the everyday practicesof student activists—their triumphs and frustrations—After the Revolution arguesthat disappointment is not a failure of democracy but a fundamental feature ofhow people live and practice it.
My current research builds onmy long-standing interests indemocratic practice, activismand power in the context of European integration. Drawing on ethnographic fieldresearch at the European Court for Human Rights, I examine how new definitionsof European belonging and democratic practice are being defined through thelegal management of citizens as rights bearing subjects. I analyze how rightsin practice are producedthrough legally-mediated battles over sovereignty as pan-European courtsattemptto deal with the specter of threats to European democracy.
- MSL, University of Illinois, College of Law, 2017
- PhD, Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2007
- BA, Women's and Gender Studies, Columbia University 1997
Distinctions / Awards
- 2016-2017 LAS Study in a Second Discipline, Law
- LAS Conrad Humanities Scholar
- 515 Social Theory and Ethnography
- 599 Anthropology of Time and Temporality
- 488 Modern Europe
- 372 Talking Politics
- 199 Cultures of Law