Svetlana Borodina, PhD, CPACC

About me

I am a Mellon Teaching Fellow at the Harriman Institute and Lecturer in Anthropology at Columbia University. I received my Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rice University in May 2020.

Currently, I study post-Soviet cultures and politics of disability inclusion in Russia. My work may be found in Cultural Anthropology, Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media, Current History, and Remaking the Human: Cosmetic Technologies of Body Repair, Reshape and Replacement. My research has been supported by the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Social Sciences Research Institute at Rice University.

With the support of the Harriman Institute, I have organized the Work of Care in Russia lecture series (2021-2022) and the Minority Inclusion and Exclusion in Post-Communist Societies speaker series (2020-2021). Currently, I serve as the managing editor at Platypus, the official blog of the American Anthropological Association’s Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing, and a co-chair of the Early Career Disability Anthropology Community. Beginning June 2022, I will serve as the Deputy Book Review Editor at American Ethnologist.

Research interests:

disability anthropology | medical anthropology | inclusion | social change | embodied aspects of social change | technologies of inclusion | postsocialism | Russia

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White woman with short blond hair wearing a shirt in light blue acid wash and beige stud earrings in the shape of a flower.
Stacks of books and notebooks.
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University campus with a person sitting on the lawn
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A graffiti on a wall that says "We need our world to change"
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Metal surface in black, white, grey, and green. At the center there is a sticker that says 'Labor' in all capital letters.
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Svetlana Borodina