Dr. Chelsi West Ohueri is a cultural anthropologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies with appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. Her scholarship and teaching are primarily concerned with the study of racialization, marginalization, and structural inequality. She has conducted extensive ethnographic research throughout Albania and is interested in configurations of race and belonging among Albanian, Romani, and Egyptian communities in Southeastern Europe. She also examines categories of whiteness and blackness as they are produced and reproduced throughout Europe and across the globe. West Ohueri is currently completing her ethnographic book project about this research.
A native of Jackson, MS, West Ohueri received her BA in sociocultural anthropology from Millsaps College in 2008. She received her MA in 2011 and her PhD in 2016 from UT Austin. From 2016 to 2018 she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Population Health at the UT Austin Dell Medical School where she researched health disparities, structural racism, and the anthropology of comorbidity. Her work has been supported by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, the International Research and Exchanges Board, and the Fulbright Program among others.
Dr. West Ohueri teaches courses on race and nationalism, the anthropology of health and illness, anthropological and social science methods, and ethnographic writing.
September 25th, 2020 | Season 1 | 38 mins 16 secs
health, inequality, racism, teaching
On this entertaining episode, Jen and Stephanie have a fun conversation with anthropologist Chelsi West Ohueri from UT's Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Chesi tells us her unique and amazing journey to anthropology and the remarkable turn of events that thrust her into Albania, which in turn shaped her research and teaching. Thank you for joining us!