Kristen Ghodsee

Kristen Rogheh Ghodsee (born April 26, 1970) is an American ethnographer and Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.[1] She is primarily known for her ethnographic work on post-Communist Bulgaria as well as being a contributor to the field of postsocialist gender studies.[2]

Kristen Ghodsee
Kristen Ghodsee in 2011
Kristen Rogheh Ghodsee

(1970-04-26) April 26, 1970 (age 51)
Alma materUniversity of California at Berkeley
University of California at Santa Cruz
AwardsGuggenheim Fellowship
Scientific career
Gender theory
Women's studies
InstitutionsUniversity of Pennsylvania

Contrary to the prevailing opinion of most feminist scholars in the 1990s who believed that women would be disproportionately harmed by the collapse of Communist states, Ghodsee argued that many East European women would actually fare better than men in newly competitive labor markets because of the cultural capital that they had acquired before 1989.[3] She was critical of the role of Western feminist nongovernmental organizations doing work among East European women in the 1990s. She examined the shifting gender relations of Muslim minorities after Communist rule,[4] and the intersections of Islamic beliefs and practices with the ideological remains of Marxism–Leninism.[5]