Alexia Bloch

Research Interests

Migration and Transnationalism, Anthropology of Gender, Statelessness, Ethnographic Methods and Writing, Socialist Cultures and Projects of Modernity, Eurasia, Peoples of Siberia

In my work I have sought to understand how people from the former Soviet Union negotiate the transformations of social life brought about by neocapitalism, a topic I have explored in two monographs (Red Ties and Residential Schools: Indigenous Siberians in a Post-Soviet State and, Museum at the End of the World: Encounters in the Russian Far East, co-authored with Laurel Kendall). My research continues to ask questions about identity, belonging, and the legacy of state socialism, with particular attention to dimensions of emotion, gender, and citizenship in a global and increasingly mobile world. The project I am currently completing focuses on the lives of women labor migrants moving between Moldova, Russia, and Turkey to consider how intimacy is reworked as new forms of mobility come to define the region. I have also recently begun research on the experience of being undocumented in Moscow, Russia as part of a broader project on emerging citizenship regimes.

Research Projects

“Global Citizenship Regimes, Mobile Homelands, and Migrants’ Children in Russia”

I came to the field of anthropology after years of study in the area of Russian language and literature, including as an undergraduate student at Wellesley College and as a study abroad student at the Herzen Pedagogical Institute in Leningrad, U.S.S.R. As a Ph.D. student in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh in the early 1990s I conducted research in Siberia around the history and experience of residential schooling among indigenous Siberian Evenki. After completing my Ph.D. and spending nearly three years as a post-doctoral fellow working closely with Siberian collections at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, I joined the UBC faculty.

Inspired by the explosion in mobility that was shaping daily lives in Siberia, at UBC my research interests turned toward the new forms of border crossing emerging across Eurasia. In recent years my work has revolved around transnational Russian-speaking communities in Istanbul, Moscow, Vancouver, and southern Moldova.

At UBC I have sought to expand spaces for intellectual exchange around issues of transnational mobility and also around the study of Eurasia. Over the past decade I have supervised a wide range of graduate student projects based in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, and the United States and focused on questions of memory, migration, post-socialism, and gender and transnationalism.

In press “Citizenship, Belonging, and Moldovan Migrants in Post-Soviet Russia,” Ethnos,1-28.

  • 2012 “Multiculturalism, Meanings of Citizenship, and Russian-Speaking Immigrants in Vancouver, Canada.” In Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity: Dividing and Uniting Communities, Beyond Multiculturalism, Scott Boyd, ed. Cambridge Scholars Press. UK: Cambridge Scholars Press. Pp.72-85.
  • 2011 “Emotion Work, Shame, and Post-Soviet Women Entrepreneurs: Negotiating Ideals o Gender and Labor in a Global Economy,” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 18(4): 317-351.
  • 2011 “Intimate Circuits: Modernity, Mobility, and Marriage among Post-Soviet Labor Migrants in Turkey,” Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs. 11(4): 502-521.
  • 2009 “Discourses on Danger and Dreams of Prosperity: Confounding U.S. Government positions on ‘Trafficking’ from the Context of the former Soviet Union.” In International Migration and Human Rights: The Global Repercussions of US Policy. S. Martinez, ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp.165-183.


  • 2004 The Museum at the End of the World: Encounters in the Russian Far East; co-authored with Laurel Kendall. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • 2003 Red Ties and Residential Schools: Indigenous Siberians in a Post-Soviet State. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Winter 2017
No ANTH course(s) were found for W2017 term.Winter 2017
No ANTH course(s) were found for W2017 term.