Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Jennifer Cash
Lecturer, School of Humanities
Dr. Cash is a lecturer in the ICC Course “Science and Technology for Humanity”. She received her BA from the University of Chicago and her PhD in Anthropology from Indiana University. Prior to coming to NTU, she held a postdoctoral position as senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology; and taught at the Strate School of Design (Singapore), University College London, and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Cash also worked for many years as an editor, eventually setting up her own small company in Singapore before returning to full-time teaching.
As a socio-cultural anthropologist, Dr. Cash is broadly interested in how societies and cultures undertake and respond to change; and which elements of past values and traditions are made meaningful in the present. She is a specialist on East and Southeast Europe, with long-term fieldwork in urban and rural Moldova, and her previous research has focused on the challenges of the postsocialist (Post-Cold War) transition with an examination of themes including multiethnicity and cultural policy, the meanings of work, the ritual dimensions of economy, as well as the recurrence of poverty, underdevelopment, and the unevenness of cultural revival. Food and wine, hospitality, charity, and memory have been regular focal points in her published work.

She is carrying these questions forward in developing research on South-East/South-East Futures.