Julie Kleinman

Julie Kleinman

Assistant Professor, French and Francophone Studies and African Studies
Fields: contemporary France and francophone Africa; migration and development; urban studies; anthropology and ethnography
Julie Kleinman


Ph.D. Harvard University, 2013
M.A. Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, 2007
B.A. Haverford College, 2004

Professional Bio

Julie Kleinman is an anthropologist of France and francophone West Africa, with a particular interest in French-African encounters from the colonial period to the present, labor migration, and urban space. She is currently working on a book manuscript on these topics from the perspective of Europe’s largest railway station, the Gare du Nord in Paris, entitled, Borders in the Capital: Public Space, Labor, and the Making of an African Hub in Paris. Since 2013, she has been doing fieldwork in Mali (Bamako and Kayes) for a second book project on political, social, and life course transformations engendered by what many West African migrants call their "adventure" abroad. Other current writing and research projects include African neighborhoods and markets in Paris, humanitarian aid and development projects in Mali, and transnational kinship and marriage practices of Malian migrants.

Recent Publications:

 "’All Sons and Daughters of the Republic’? Producing Difference in French Education.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 22(2):261-278, 2016.

"Adventures in Infrastructure: Making an African Hub in Paris."  City and Society 26(3), 2014.

"The Path between Two Points:  Malian Adventures in France."  Transition113: 25-43, 2014.

“The Gare du Nord: Parisian Topographies of Exchange.” Ethnologie Française 42(3): 567-576, 2012.


Current Courses

FR 139 France and the French-Speaking World