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John Borneman

    Position: Faculty Associate
    Title: Professor of Anthropology.
    Office: 126 Aaron Burr
    Phone: 609-258-7368
    John Borneman

    Faculty Associates


    John W. Borneman (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Professor of Anthropology. He has conducted fieldwork in Germany, Central Europe, Lebanon, and Syria. He has completed projects on the symbolic forms of political identification, the relation of the state to everyday life, kinship and sexuality, forms of justice and accountability. Currently he is working on an anthropology of secularism. From 1991 to 2001 he taught at Cornell University, and has been guest professor at the University of California, Berkeley; Stockholm University (Sweden); Bergen University (Norway); guest professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (France); Fulbright Professor at Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin (Germany) and the University of Aleppo (Syria). His publications include Belonging in the Two Berlins: Kin, State, Nation (1992); Settling Accounts: Violence, Justice, and Accountability in Postsocialist States (1997); Death of the Father: Toward an Anthropology of the End in Political Authority (2003); Syrian Episodes: Sons, Fathers, and an Anthropologist in Aleppo (2008); and (as co-editor with Abdellah Hammoudi) Being There: The Fieldwork Encounter and the Making of Truth. Professor Borneman teaches courses on culture and international order, the anthropology of memory, and European rituals.