Associate Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of Zolberg Institute for Migration and Mobility
Albert and Vera List Academic Center
PhD 2002, Stanford University and École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)
2011 Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011(co-winner of the 2012 William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology, Society for the Anthropology of Europe)
2010 In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care, Co-Edited with Ilana Feldman, Durham: Duke University Press, 2010
Special Issues of Journals:
2012 Co-editor (with Nehal Bhuta and Sakiko Fukuda Parr) of special issue of Social Research: An International Quarterly on “Human Rights and the Global Economy.” 79 (4): Winter 2012
Articles and Chapters:
2016 “Thinking Beyond Humanitarian Borders”
Social Research: An International Quarterly, special issue on “Borders and The Politics of Mourning,” eds Alexandra Delano and Benjamin Nienass, forthcoming, 83 (2), summer 2016
2016 “Calais: Containment Politics in the ‘Jungle’” (pdf) The Funambulist: Politics of Space and Bodies. 05 (May-June): 28-33.
2015 “Los problemas de las fronteras humanitarias” (pdf) (The Problem with Humanitarian Borders), Revista de Delalectología y Tradiciones Populares LXX (2): 291-97(special issue: “Migration and Refuge in the Mediterranean, Beyond Borders” ed. Liliana Suarez Navaz), Julio-diciembre 2015
2015 “Humanitarianism’s History of the Singular” (pdf)
Grey Room, 61, Fall, pp.81-86.
2015 “La souffrance animale à distance. Des vétérinaires dans l’action humanitaire", (pdf) with Frédéric Keck, Anthropologie et Sociétés 39 (1-2): 145-163.
2015 “Non-Human Suffering: A Humanitarian Project” (pdf)
The Clinic and The Courtroom, eds. Tobias Kelly, Ian Harper and Ashkay Khanna. Cambridge University Press. Pp. 49-71
2014 “Transnational Humanitarianism” (pdf) Annual Review of Anthropology, 43: 273-289.
2014 “Humanitarianism as Planetary Politics” (pdf)
In At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour on Terror, eds. Suvendrini Perera and Sherene Razack. University of Toronto Press. Pp. 406-420.
2012 “Introduction: Human Rights and Global Corporations” (pdf) In Social Research: An International Quarterly, 79 (4): 1017-1021, Winter 2012
2011 “The Gendered Human of Humanitarianism: Medicalizing and Politicizing Sexual Violence” (pdf) Gender and History 23 (2), August: 250-265
2011 “How Biology Travels: A Humanitarian Trip.” (pdf) Body and Society 17 (2&3): 139-158
2011 “From Redundancy to Recognition: Transnational Humanitarianism and the Production of Non-Moderns” (pdf) In Forces of Compassion: Humanitarianism between Ethics and Politics, Eds. Erica Bornstein and Peter Redfield, Santa Fe: SAR Press, pp. 175-19
2010 “Government and Humanity” (pdf) With Ilana Feldman, in In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care, Eds. Feldman and Ticktin. Durham: Duke University Press, pp. 1-26
2008 “Sexual Violence as the Language of Border Control: Where French Feminist and Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Meet” (pdf) Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society 33 (4) Summer: 863-889.
2008 “A Transnational Conversation on French Colonialism, Immigration, Violence and Sovereignty” With Paola Bacchetta and Ruth Marshall, in the Special Issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online, “Borders on Belonging: Gender and Immigration,” Ed. Neferti Tadiar, 6 (3), Summer 2008.
2006 “Where Ethics and Politics Meet: The Violence of Humanitarianism in France” (pdf)
American Ethnologist, 33 (1) Feb: 33-49
2006 “Medical Humanitarianism in and beyond France: Breaking Down or Patrolling Borders?” (pdf) In Medicine at the Border: The History, Culture and Politics of Global Health Ed. Alison Bashford, Palgrave, pp.116-135
2005 “Policing and Humanitarianism in France: Immigration and the Turn to Law as State of Exception” (pdf) Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 7 (3):347-368
2005 “Culture or Inequality in Sex Selective Abortion? A Reply to Sawitri Saharso” (pdf) Ethnicities Jun; 5:266-271
1999 “Selling Suffering in the Courtroom and Marketplace: An Analysis of The Autobiography of Kiranjit Ahluwalia” (pdf) The Political and Legal Anthropology Review vol. 22, May:24-41.
Essays and Commentaries:
2016 “The Problem with Innocence” Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology website, June (forthcoming)
2015 “The Problem with Humanitarian Borders” Public Seminar, Sept 18, 2015
2015 “The Temporality of Disaster,” Books Forum on Fatal Isolation: The Devastating Paris Heat Wave of 2003 (University of Chicago, 2015), Somatosphere: Science, Medicine, Anthropology, Sept 2015.
2014 “Cross-species craziness: Animals, Anthropomorphism and Mental Illness” (pdf) Books Forum, Biosocieties, 9 (4): 482-484
2014 “From Antipolitics to post-Neoliberalism: a conversation with James Ferguson,” with Nils Gilman (Humanity Editorial Collective), Humanity: an International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development, 5 (2).
2013 “The Waiting Room” in Commonplaces: Itemizing the Technological Present (series curated by Tomas Matza and Harris Solomon) Somatosphere: Science, Medicine, Anthropology.
2012 “Two Types of Sexual Violence? Y a-t-il deux types de violences sexuelles?” In “Les Mots Sont Importants”:, December 3rd, 2012
“Feminism post-Beyonce” (video) Imara Jones interviews Miriam Ticktin on Caffeine TV, Oct 19, 2014:
“Humane Violence: A Critique of Innocence”
Archipelago: the podcast platform of the Funambulist. Conversation between Léopold Lambert and Miriam Ticktin. August 2014.
anthropology of the human and humanitarianism; migration, camps and borders; sexual violence/violence against women; PTSD/trauma, psychiatric humanitarianism; anthropology of science, medicine, ethics; France/Europe/North Africa
PhD Proseminar II