Kristin V. Monroe

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  • Associate Professor
  • Anthropology
  • Social Theory
203D Lafferty Hall
Research Interests:

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2009


My research is concerned with civic life and the production of social and spatial inequalities in Beirut, Lebanon. In my book project, The Insecure City: Space, Power, and Mobility in Beirut, I show how experiences of moving through Beirut are shaped not only by the anticipation of violence, but also by disparities of power that create an uneven urban citizenship based on class and status. Focusing on the physical movement of people through urban space, I provide an examination of mobility in quite literal terms that offers an innovative departure from anthropology’s long-established concern with human movement across transnational borders. In this book, by placing engaging scenes of public life center stage, from rides in cars with student drivers to pedestrian navigations around security barriers and conversations between passengers in shared taxis, I develop an argument about how everyday movement in the city is a critical site for everyday class and state formation.

Selected Publications: 
  • The Insecure City: Space, Power, and Mobility in Beirut (Rutgers University Press, 2016)
  • 2017 Tweets of Surveillance: Traffic, Twitter, and Securitization in Beirut, Lebanon. Anthropological Theory. 17(3):322-337.
  • 2017 Circulation, Modernity, and Urban Space in 1960s Beirut. History and Anthropology. 28(2):188-210.
  • 2016 Exploring Nature, Making the Nation: The Spatial Politics of Ecotourism in Lebanon. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 39(1):64-78. 
  • 2014 Automobility and Citizenship in Interwar Lebanon. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. 34(3):518-531.
  • 2014 Labor and the Urban Landscape: Mobility, Risk, and Possibility among Syrian Delivery Workers in Beirut. Anthropology of Work Review 35(2):84-94.
  • 2014 Youth Expressions of Class and Mobility in Beirut, Lebanon. In Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East: Third Edition. Donna L. Bowen, Evelyn Early, and Becky Schulties, eds. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.
  • 2011 Being Mobile in Beirut. City & Society 23(1):94-111.



Courses Taught and Teaching Interests
  • ANT 352 Youth Culture in the Middle East
  • Urban Anthropology
  • Migrations and Mobilities
  • Anthropology of Conflict
  • Ethnographic Research Methods
  • Contemporary Social Theory
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