PhD. in Sociocultural Anthropology
Irina Levin works with Meskhetians and Ahiska Turks in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey. In November 2014, she will complete her dissertation fieldwork, funded by grants from the NSF, IREX, CAORC, and NYU's Jordan Center, with the survivors and their descendants of one of Stalin's mass deportations. Irina investigates the culture of forced displacement and its long-term aftermaths, including the evolving citizenship regimes and legal and socio-cultural interventions intended to benefit both the displaced and the countries they live in. Prior to joining the department in 2009, Irina spent ten months in Azerbaijan, with shorter trips to Georgia, on a Fulbright IIE grant. Prior to that she worked for a social justice nonprofit and taught 5th grade in Brooklyn.