Continuing Associate Professor of Anthropology; Faculty Adviser to the Bachelor's Degree Program, Bard Prison Initiative
Primary Academic Program: Anthropology
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Middle Eastern Studies
Biography:Jeffrey Jurgens' research and teaching interests focus on topics related to migration and displacement, citizenship, affect, public memory, religiosity and secularism, urban space, youth, and the cultural politics of college-in-prison. His early scholarship examined formations of diaspora and citizenship among people of Turkish backgrounds in Berlin since the 1960s. More recently, he has written about the impact of labor recruitment policies on German citizenship, the role of immigrants in public memories of German division, the significance of Islamic religious instruction in Turkish and German public schools, and the affective dimensions of the “refugee crisis” in Europe. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, IIE Fulbright, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, National Humanities Center, and the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study. In addition to his work in the undergraduate college, he teaches in the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) and directs its bachelor’s degree program. Jeff also participates in the Liberal Arts Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education, which aims in part to establish a curricular cluster in migration studies at Bard.
BA, Colorado College; MA, PhD, University of Michigan. At Bard since 2005.
Departments: Bard Prison Initiative,Hannah Arendt Center
Location: Achebe House