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  Global Center Home Page    Visiting Scholars    Carolyn Nordstrom

Visiting Scholar-In-Residence


Carolyn Nordstrom
Spring 2012

Carolyn Nordstrom is a Visiting Scholar for the Framing the Global project is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and a Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. An innovative and provocative ethnographer who studies transnational crime, globalization, war profiteering, gender, violence, piracy, and cybersecurity, she is at home in lecture hall and war zone alike. Her research has made her an eyewitness and scholar of worldwide urban and rural battlefields as well as of the shadowy worlds of diamond, drug, and arms smuggling. In addition to her teaching and lecturing, she has written dozens of articles, and several books including Global Outlaws: Crime, Money, and Power in the Contemporary World; Shadows of War: Violence, Power, and International Profiteering in the 21st Century; and A Different Kind of War Story. "I have studied the ways in which people gain the necessities to wage war and create peace, and how people pay for these services," she once said. "Drugs, precious gems, human labor and sex are routinely used in international black markets to purchase everything from guns and computer-based weapons systems to antibiotics and food. The integrity of my ethnographic research and the safety of those among whom I work have rested on having to delete basic data, which erases the extra-legal from public discourse. I want to develop a form of creative non-fiction that explores the lives of real people working in this complex, extra-legal network without revealing their locations." To watch excerpts of Professor Nordstrom speaking, click on the following links:



Framing the Global Presentation (video – length 01:32:00)

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