Liisa H. Malkki is a Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. Her research interests include: the politics of nationalism, internationalism, cosmopolitanism, and human rights discourses as transnational cultural forms; the social production of historical memory and the uses of history; political violence, exile, and displacement; the ethics and politics of humanitarian aid; child research; and visual culture. Her field research in Tanzania exlored the ways in which political violence and exile may produce transformations of historical consciousness and national identity among displaced people. This project resulted in Purity and Exile: Violence, Memory, and National Cosmology Among Hutu Refugees in Tanzania (University of Chicago Press, 1995). In another project, Malkki explored how Hutu exiles from Burundi and Rwanda, who found asylum in Montreal, Canada, imagined scenarios of the future for themselves and their countries in the aftermath of genocide in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Malkki’s most recent book, Improvising Theory: Process and Temporality in Ethnographic Fieldwork (with Allaine Cerwonka) was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2007. Her most recent book-length project (based on fieldwork from 1995 to the present) examines the changing interrelationships among humanitarian interventions, internationalism, professionalism, affect, and neutrality in the work of the Finnish Red Cross in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross.
2015 The Need to Help: The Domestic Arts of International Humanitarianism. Duke University Press Books.
2007 Improvising theory: Process and temporality in ethnographic fieldwork. University of Chicago Press.
2001 Signs: Journal of women in culture and society (edited with Amrita Basu, Inderpal Grewal, and Caren Kaplan). University of Chicago Press.
1995 Purity and Exile: Violence, Memory, and National Cosmology mong Hutu Refugees in Tanzania. Chicago University Press.
1998 “Things to Come: Internationalism and Global Solidarities in the Late 1990s.” (A response to Jurgen Habermas.) Public Culture, vol. 10(2): 431-442.
1996 “Speechless Emissaries: Refugees, Humanitarianism, and Dehistoricization.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 11(3): 377-404.
1995 “Refugees and Exile: From ‘Refugee Studies’ to the National Order of Things.” Annual Review of Anthropology 24 (1995).
1994 “Citizens of Humanity: Internationalism and the Imagined Community of Nations.” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, vol. 3(1): 41-68.
1992 “National Geographic: The Rooting of Peoples and the Territorialization of National Identity among Scholars and Refugees.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 7(1).