Jeff Jurgens

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology;
Academic Co-Director, Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison;
Fellow in Anthropology and Social Theory

Contact: jurgens@bard.edu, 845-758-7295
Office: Fairbairn 305

Jeff Jurgens began teaching at Bard in 2005. His 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. Jeff’s 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, Jeff teaches in the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) and directs its bachelor’s degree program. He 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.

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