Prof. Sabine Hess

Migration and border regime studies, anthropology of globalization and transnationalism, anthropology of policy, gender studies
Prof. Sabine Hess

Sabine Hess is professor at and the director of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at the University of Göttingen. Since her PhD research on transnational migration of Slovakian women into domestic work in Germany, published as “Globalised Domestic Work: Au-Pair as a Migration Strategy for Eastern European Women” (VS-Verlag. Wiesbaden 2005), processes of transnationalization and Europeanization have been at the center of her research interests, with a focus on migration and border policies. She was the coordinator of and a researcher at the European research and film project “TRANSIT MIGRATION” founded by the Cultural Foundation of Germany from 2003 to 2005. Currently, she coordinates the interdisciplinary “Laboratory on Migration and Border Regime Studies” at the University of Göttingen, which provides space for regular discussions on theories and research in the respective fields for 15 PhD students and PostDocs. She is also the co-founder of the interdisciplinary European “Network for Critical Migration and Border Regime Research” (Kritnet) and a member of the German Council for Migration (Rat für Migration). Prof. Hess has published, co-authored, and co-edited widely in the fields of migration and border regime studies, anthropology of globalization, transnationalism, and policy, as well as Europeanization, gender studies, and anthropological methodologies.


Georg-August-Universität Göttingen – Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology

Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
37073 Göttingen

+49 (0) 551 39 25349


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