Andrew Brandel

Andrew Brandel

Lecturer on Social Studies
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Andrew Brandel is a Lecturer on Social Studies. Located at the intersection of cultural anthropology, comparative literature and philosophy, his work examines the relationship between the movement of texts and the movement of peoples, especially between Europe, the United States, and South Asia. Since 2010, he has conducted ethnographic fieldwork on the formation literary culture in Berlin, both in the context of the historical rise of the cultural bourgeoisie during the long nineteenth century, and in a contemporary moment when the stakes of free expression, and its conditions of possibility, are gaining new urgency. He is currently revising a book manuscript based on this research, tentatively titled A World of Ciphers: Literature and Migration in Berlin. In addition to his ethnographic work, Brandel also writes on the legacy of romanticism in anthropological theory and in ordinary language philosophy. He is the co-editor with Marco Motta of Living with Concepts: Anthropology in the Grip of Reality (Fordham University Press, 2021) and is currently editing a collection on the status of “detail” in anthropology, history of art, and philosophy. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Current Anthropology, Ethnos, Anthropological Theory, and the Annual Review of Anthropology, as well as in a number of edited volumes, encyclopedias and handbooks, including the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology and the Oxford Handbook on Governance and Limited Statehood.

He received his B.A. (2009), M.A. (2013), and Ph.D. (2016) all in Anthropology from The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a Dean’s Teaching Fellow. In 2013, he was the inaugural University Archives Fellow at the Hamburger Archives, where he curated the papers of Sidney W. Mintz. From 2016 to 2017 he was Visit Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Institute for Human Sciences), the European Institute for Advanced Study in Vienna. 


2020-21 Courses
Social Studies 10a: Introduction to Social Studies (Fall)
Social Studies 10b: Introduction to Social Studies (Spring)
Social Studies 98rc: Language, Culture, Power and the Making of Europe (Spring)

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