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Professor Hoffman is a linguistic, sociocultural, and legal anthropologist, who specializes in the relationship between expressive culture, ethnicity, law, history, and political economy.  Her research explores this nexus primarily in North Africa, and especially Morocco, from the late 19th c. to the present, particularly as it has been shaped by the processes of French colonialism, anti-imperialism, nationalism, and postnationalism.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, Columbia University

… → 2000

MPhil, Columbia University

… → 1997

MA, Columbia University

… → 1994

History, AB, Georgetown University

… → 1989

Research interests keywords

  • Forced migration
  • Legal culture and history
  • Refugees
  • Expressive Culture
  • Indigenism
  • Language Ideologies
  • , Language Shift and Endangerment
  • Rural-Urban Relations
  • Gender
  • French Colonialism
  • Imazighen (Berbers)
  • Morocco/North Africa
  • France


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