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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
One Discipline, Four Fields


Joelle Bahloul

Professor, Anthropology Department

  • Doctorate in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1981)
  • Diploma in International Relations, Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales, University of Paris Law School (1979)
  • Martse (Master of Arts) in Sociology, University of Paris-Sorbonne (1976)

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Europe and North Africa.

Topical Interests: Jewish ethnography in Europe and North Arica, European ethnography, social anthropology of kinship and gender, ethnicity and migration, religion in urban society, collective memory, French social thought.


My research is a comparative ethnographic exploration of the process of migration and its result in the diasporic experience. I have ethnographically focused on Jewish cultures in the "new" Europe, half a century after the Holocaust. Thus I have been dealing primarily with the aftermath of both genocide and colonialism in French urban society, and the integration of cultural diversity and of variable historical memories. My study of these historical processes has been focused on the ethnographic analysis of the relation between kinship and ethnicity, of collective memory, of post-migration religious practice, and of urban semiotics.

At Indiana University I have taught courses in Jewish ethnography, collective memory, European ethnography, migration and diaspora, and social theory. These courses have been taught at both undergratuate and graduate levels.

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Young Faculty Award, Indiana University, 1991-92.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming Little By Little: Getting Ahead As Mothers and Traders in A West African City.

2003 "Gender At Work In Economic Life (ed., with introduction)." #20, Monographs in Economic Anthropology, Society for Economic Anthropology. Altamira Press