Olga Sooudi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She is a member of the AISSR Moving Matters Research Group. Olga is also a member of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) Academic Committee.
In 2011-2013, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Yale University, and her BA from Duke University.
Olga's research interests include migration, cities, art worlds, artists, and cultural translation, and draw upon ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Tokyo, New York City, and most recently, Mumbai.
Her first book, Japanese New York: Migrant Artists and Self-Reinvention on the World Stage (University of Hawai'i Press, 2014), is an ethnography of Japanese migrant artists to New York City, and returnees to Japan. Based on over two years of fieldwork in New York and Tokyo, it follows Japanese migrants as they seek to fashion themselves into successful artists--be it painter, fashion designer, or musician--in New York City. It examines mobility as creative practice through realms of everyday work and activity, artistic production, and media and narrative.
Her latest research is a project on the contemporary art scene in Mumbai, extending her longstanding interests in how art worlds and creative production are shaped through globalization and urban life.
I teach in Anthropology, ASW (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, BA), and the Masters program in Contemporary Asian Studies. I also supervise masters students in CAS, Anthropology MA, and the RMSS program. Current and past courses taught include: