Andrew J Shryock is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology. He has done ethnographic fieldwork in Yemen, Jordan, and among Arab and Muslim communities in Detroit. His published work centers on oral tradition, deep history, hospitality, political culture, and contested aspects of ethnoracial and religious identity formation. Shryock is currently Chair of the Department of Anthropology.
Ph.D. 1993 University of Michigan
Andrew Shryock is a cultural anthropologist. He has done ethnographic fieldwork in Yemen, Jordan, and among Arab and Muslim communities in Detroit. His research in the Middle East centers on nationalism, historicity, oral tradition, tribe-state relations, and modernity (both its cultural politics and its alternative forms). His work in North America focuses on ethnicity, mass mediated culture, diaspora, community formation, and identity politics. Recently, he has given much of his attention to the moral and political dimensions of hospitality. He is also interested in developing new ways to write about the ancient past, human and pre-human, an agenda that calls for a rethinking of the relationship between anthropology, history, and the natural sciences.
“History and the Pre,” with Daniel Smail, American Historical Review 118(3): 709-737. (2013)
“Breaking Hospitality Apart: Bad Hosts, Bad Guests, and the Problem of Sovereignty.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Special Issue. “The Return to Hospitality: Strangers, Guests, and Ambiguous Encounters.” Matei Candea and Giovanni da Col, eds. pp. 20-33 (2012)
Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. (2010)
“Tolerance and Conversion in the Ottoman Empire: A Conversation,” with Marc Baer and Ossama Makdissi. Comparative Studies in Society and History, 51(4): 927-940. (2009)
Deep History: The Architecture of Past and Present, with Daniel Smail, et al. Berkeley: University of California Press. (2011)