1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Anna Eisenstein

Expected 2020 PhD, Anthropology, University of Virginia, Dissertation: Pregnant Pauses: Communication and the Composition of Networks of Care in Southwestern Uganda
May 2015 MA, Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Virginia
May 2013 BA, Anthropology, Political Science, Lafayette College

My dissertation project is an ethnography of pregnancy in Mbarara, Uganda, a fast-growing city of some 60,000 people in southwestern Uganda. Two earlier researches studied: 1) the politics of memory and place in a post-industrial city in the mid-Atlantic US; and 2) bureaucratic constructions of difference in American healthcare. Across all three projects, a semiotic approach informs the way I think about the circulation, reformulation, or endurance of particular forms of social connection.


2016 -  Rebuilding Shattered Worlds: Creating Community by Voicing the Past. Co-authored with Andrea Smith. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

2013 - Thoroughly Mixed yet Thoroughly Ethnic: Indexing Class with Ethnonyms. Co-authored with Andrea Smith. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 2013, Volume 23(2): E1-E22. DOI: 10.1111/jola.12012.  


Pregnancy, care, interdependence, connection, semiotics, language ideology, multimodal interactions; Southwestern Uganda, East Africa, US