Dr. Jessica R Greenberg

Dr. Jessica Greenberg

Contact Information

109 Davenport Hall
607 S. Mathews Ave
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
Associate Professor
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Biography

Jessica Greenberg is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to coming toUIUC, Greenberg was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and an assistant professor in Communication Studies at Northwestern University. She recently earned a Master of Studies in Law at the College of Law, University of Illinois. She is also currently the Co-Editor of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR).

Research Interests

  • Anthropology of democracy, legal studies, youth, social movements, revolution, Serbia/Balkans, Europe, Human Rights

Research Description

My work is motivated by along-standing interest in theeveryday life of social movements, as well as the hopes and disappointmentsthat have animated democratic political activism after the Cold War. My firstbook, After the[i]Revolution: Youth,Democracy, andthe Politics ofDisappointment in Postsocialist Serbia[/i] (Stanford 2014) chroniclesthe lives of student activists as theyconfront the possibilities and disappointments of democracy in the shadow ofrecent political transformation in Serbia. In exploring the everyday practicesof student activists—their triumphs and frustrations—After the Revolution arguesthat disappointment is not a failure of democracy but a fundamental feature ofhow people live and practice it.

My current research builds onmy long-standing interests indemocratic practice, activismand power in the context of European integration. Drawing on ethnographic fieldresearch at the European Court for Human Rights, I examine how new definitionsof European belonging and democratic practice are being defined through thelegal management of citizens as rights bearing subjects. I analyze how rightsin practice are producedthrough legally-mediated battles over sovereignty as pan-European courtsattemptto deal with the specter of threats to European democracy.

Education

  • MSL, University of Illinois, College of Law, 2017
  • PhD, Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2007
  • BA, Women's and Gender Studies, Columbia University 1997

Distinctions / Awards

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Courses

  • 515 Social Theory and Ethnography
  • 599 Anthropology of Time and Temporality
  • 488 Modern Europe
  • 372 Talking Politics
  • 199 Cultures of Law

Selected Publications

Books

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After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia Palo Alto Stanford University Press 2014. SUP.

Journal Articles

Gaming the System: Semiotic Indeterminacy and Political Circulation in the New Age of Revolution Language & Communication 32 4 2012, p. 372–385. Academia.edu.
On the Road to Normal: Negotiating Agency and State Sovereignty in Postsocialist Serbia American Anthropologist 113 1 2011, p. 88-100.
There’s nothing anyone can do about it”: Participation, Apathy and “Successful” Democratic Transition in Postsocialist Serbia Slavic Review 69 1 2010, p. 41-64.
’Goodbye Serbian Kennedy:’ Zoran Đinđić and the New Democratic Masculinity East European Politics and Societies 20 1 2006, p. 126-151.
Nationalism, Masculinity and Multicultural Citizenship in Serbia Nationalities Papers 34 3 2006, p. 321-341.
Noć Reklamoždera: Democracy, Consumption, and the Contradictions of Representation in Post-Socialist Serbia Political and Legal Anthropology Review 29 2 2006, p. 181-207.
Greenberg, Jessica, and Ivana Spasic Beyond East and West: Solidarity politics and the absent/present state in the Balkans Slavic Review 76 2 2017, p. 315-326.

Book Contributions

Greenberg, Jessica, and Andrea Muehlebach The Old World and its New Economy: Notes on the Third Age in Western Europe Today Generations and Globalization edited by Jennifer Cole, edited by Deborah Durham. The Old World and its New Economy: Notes on the Third Age in Western Europe Today Edited by Jennifer Cole, Edited by Deborah Durham, Bloomington Indiana University Press 2007.
Being and Doing Politics: Moral Ontologies and Ethical Ways of Knowing at the End of the Cold War Impulse to Act. A New Anthropology of Resistance and Social Justice Being and Doing Politics: Moral Ontologies and Ethical Ways of Knowing at the End of the Cold War Bloomington Indiana University Press 2016.
Jurisdiction, Politics and Truthmaking: International Courts and the Formation of Translocal Legal Cultures International Court Authority Jurisdiction, Politics and Truthmaking: International Courts and the Formation of Translocal Legal Cultures Oxford University Press 2018.

Essays

When is Justice Done? Cultural Anthropology 2018.
Greenberg, Jessica Times of Reckoning Humanity 2017. Humanity Journal.