Monika Jankowska

I joined the graduate program in Anthropology at Rice in the fall of 2020. My research interests include political anthropology, anthropology of law, STS, and the intersection of those. In particular, I would like to investigate implementation of information systems employing big data analytics and algorithms in policymaking, provision of public services and within the justice systems in the United States and in Europe.

I graduated from the University of Warsaw with a bachelor’s degree in ethnology and a master’s degree in law. Studying ethnology, I participated in the field research in Budjak, Ukraine, and my thesis focused on memory about the pre-Soviet period among the Old Believers living in that region. While pursuing my degree in law, I completed a study program at the Center for American Law Studies, provided free legal advice at the Legal Aid Clinic, served as a co-mediator at the Center for Dispute and Conflict Resolution, and spent a semester as an exchange student at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. After graduation, I worked as a lawyer in the intellectual property practice of a Warsaw-based law firm, and subsequently, at the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection.

My studies at Rice are supported by the grant awarded by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission.

Research Areas

political anthropology; anthropology of law; STS; surveillance; state; expertise, bureaucracy; (post)socialism; infrastructure


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