dr Anna Romanowicz


I am a social anthropologist interested in class analysis.

For my PhD research, I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Delhi non-governmental organizations fighting sex-trafficking and prostitution. I challenged the existing scholarship which claims that ineffectiveness of the development industry is a result of solely Western imperialism or anonymous cultural discourses. 

I brought in the perspective of social actors - middle class employees of these NGOs - and showed ineffective development policies are a consequence of middle class politics. In other words, middle class actors act in their own interests and in doing this - they enable individually oriented neoliberal policies.  

My PhD dissertation was recognized as the second best in Asian studies by the International Convention of Asia Scholars in 2017. Subsequently, it was published as "Unintended revolution. Middle class, development and non-governmental organisations" by the Jagiellonian University Press, in cooperation with Cambridge and Columbia University Press (2017). 

Since 2018, I work on intimate relationships among the Indian urban middle class. Here too I brought in Bourdiesian class analysis to show that current understanding of transition of intimate relationships and marriages in India (from arranged to love marriages), held within individualization thesis, is inadequate, as it conceals class reproduction taking place in these relationships. For more details on the current project, visit: www.howdowelove.org

Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. I am also a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Sociology, South Delhi University in Delhi (2021-2022) and an Affiliated Researcher at International Research Centre, SIMEC Institute of Technology in Dhaka. 

For more information, visit my personal website: https://annaromanowicz.academia.edu

Selected courses

1. Antropologia nierówności i rozwoju [Anthropology of inequalities and development] 
2. Class analysis in anthropology
3. Introduction to studies on capitalism
4. Antropologia postkolonialna i globalna [Postcolonial and global anthropology]
5. Warsztat badacza III [Researcher’s workshop III]
6. Ćwiczenia terenowe I i II [Introduction to fieldwork, I and II]
7. Wybrane zagadnienia z etnologii Azji [Selected issues in ethnology of Asia] 
8. Key ideas in ethnology and cultural anthropology 
9. Metody badań etnograficznych [Methods of ethnographic research]
10. Seminarium licencjackie [BA seminar]
11. Kultura w działaniu - organizacje pozarządowe [Culture in action - non-governmental organizations]
12. Wstęp do etnografii [Introduction to ethnography] 
13. Wybrane problemy antropologii społeczno-kulturowej [Selected issues in socio-cultural anthropology] 
14. Pomoc rozwojowa w perspektywie antropologicznej. Przypadek Indii  [Developmental aid in anthropological perspective. The case of India] 
15. Antropologia codzienności [Anthropology of the everyday] 
16. Wstęp do etnologii i antropologii kulturowej [Introduction to ethnology and cultural anthropology]