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Rose Wellman

Rose Wellman is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Dearborn. She specializes in the study of Iran and the Middle East. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia in May 2014 and her B.A. in Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College in 2005. Wellman’s current book project tentatively titled, Feeding Iran: Shi’i Families and the Making of an Islamic Republic., examines how rural Iranian families with ties to the Islamic Revolution and Iran-Iraq war (here Basijis) endeavor to create and preserve ethical kin, town, and national relations through the mobilization of vital kinship substances such as blood and food. This work speaks, in different ways, to the anthropology of the kinship and relatedness, material religion, nation-making, and food. It contributes a much-needed, humanistic portrait of contemporary Shi’i Iranian sociality. In addition to her monograph, Rose is the co-editor with Dr. Todne Thomas and Dr. Asiya Malik of New Directions of Spiritual Kinship: Sacred Ties across the Abrahamic Religions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Rose has received fieldwork and write-up support from the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren, and the Iranian Heritage Foundation.

Research Interests: Sociocultural Anthropology; Kinship, Ethics, Food; Islam, Nation, Globalization, Iran and Persianate Societies, the Middle East


Afflictions in the Field: Evil Eye and the Anthropologist