Dr Yael Navaro


Fellow, College Lecturer, and Director of Studies

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College Jobs

  • Fellow A
  • College Lecturer, Social Anthropology
  • Director of Studies, HSPS Part I (all streams) and Part II (Sociology and Social Anthropology)

University Jobs

  • Reader in Social Anthropology, Division of Social Anthropology


Email: Yn213@cam.ac.uk

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Dr Yael Navaro is a social anthropologist working in the area of politics, the state, and the public sphere.

Born in Istanbul, Yael Navaro completed her undergraduate education at Brandeis University (Sociology 1991) and her masters and PhD at Princeton University (Anthropology 1998). She was Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh (1997-1999) and has been teaching at the University of Cambridge since 1999.

She is presently Reader in Social Anthropology in the Division of Social Anthropology at the University and College Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Newnham.


Research Interests

Dr. Navaro is currently Principal Investigator on a 5-year European Research Council grant with a project entitled “Living with Remnants: Politics, Materiality and Subjectivity in the Aftermath of Past Atrocities in Turkey.”

Research interests include:

Anthropology of politics; ethnography of the state; governance interests and sovereignty; law and legal anthropology; bureaucracy and administration; borders and borderlands; conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction; post-war environments; violence; remnants, ruins, remains; public movements and the public sphere; affect and subjectivity; spirituality; materiality and tangibility; spatiality and geography; documentary practices and technologies; knowledge practices; anthropological and social/political theory; secularism and Islamism; the anthropology of the Middle East and South Eastern Europe, Turkey, Cyprus, post-Ottoman societies.