Jasmine Samara is a legal scholar and social anthropologist whose work explores debates on law, rights and identity politics in contemporary Europe. She received a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University in 2018 and has a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and was previously a Postdoctoral Associate at Rutgers University’s Center for Cultural Analysis. Her research and teaching focus on law and religion, the governance of minorities, gender, and the anthropology of human rights.
Prior to beginning her PhD, she worked as a lawyer, both with human rights organizations and in commercial litigation at law firms, and she draws on this experience to study lawyers’ professional cultures and practices. Her ethnographic research in Thrace, a northeastern region of Greece, examines how Greek lawyers and rights activists debate distinctive state policies that govern Muslim minority citizenship. Her work also explores how citizens invoke, contest, or try to evade the legal regulation of minority identity as they navigate shifting lines of belonging and exclusion in the era of Greek economic crisis.