Miriam Ticktin

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Research Interests

  • Anthropology of the human, humanitarianism, post-human; migration, mobility, borders and walls; sexual violence/gender based violence; anthropology of science, medicine, ethics, and transnational feminist theory; France/Europe/North Africa

Education

  • Ph.D. 2002, Stanford University and École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • The Graduate Center, CUNY

Miriam Ticktin is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She came from the New School for Social Research, where she was Chair of Anthropology from 2016-2018, Co-Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility [newschool.edu] between 2013-2016 and Director of Gender Studies from 2012-2013. She received her PhD in Anthropology at Stanford University and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, France, and an MA in English Literature from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Before coming to the New School, Miriam was an Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of Michigan, and also held a postdoctoral position in the Society of Fellows at Columbia University. 

Miriam’s research has focused in the broadest sense on what it means to make political claims in the name of a universal humanity, although her current research is more interested in imagining and opening the way to new political formations. She has written on immigration, humanitarianism, and border walls in France and the US, and how bodies and biologies are shaped by gender and race. She is the author of Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France (UC Press, 2011), co-editor of In the Name of Humanity: the Government of Threat and Care (with Ilana Feldman, Duke UP 2010), and she was a founding co-editor of the journal Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development.  She has been a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. Between 2017-19, she co-directed (with Anthony Dunne, Fiona Raby, and Victoria Hattam) the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on “Imaginative Mobilities” at The New School.

Ticktin is currently at work on two related book projects: 1) a book on innocence as a political concept, and how it produces an unending search for purity; 2) a book on the way border wall technologies travel, both transnationally and cross-species, with the goal of engaging with speculative practices, and reimagining the idea of bordering.

Recent Publications

Books:

  • 2011   Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011(co-winner of the 2012 William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology, Society for the Anthropology of Europe)
  • 2010   In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care, Co-Edited with Ilana Feldman, Durham: Duke University Press, 2010

Special Issues of Journals: 

  • 2022     Co-Editor (with Rafi Youatt) of Borderlands: Culture, Politics, Law and Earth “Intersecting Mobilities” Borderlands 21 (1): January 2022.
  • 2017   Guest editor of Social Research: An International Quarterly, "The Invasive Other."  84 (1): Spring 2017.
  • 2012   Co-editor (with Nehal Bhuta and Sakiko Fukuda Parr) of special issue of Social Research: An International Quarterly on “Human Rights and the Global Economy.” 79 (4): Winter 2012

Peer reviewed articles, chapters and essays:

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • The Graduate Center, CUNY