Bruce O'Neill, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
    PhD Stanford University
    AM Stanford University
    MSc London School of Economics and Political Science
    BA Villanova University

    Bruce O’Neill is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and in the Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis University. His ethnographic research examines the precariousness of urban life, particularly the subjective and affective dimensions of downward mobility in post-Communist Bucharest, Romania. 

    Professor O’Neill’s current project is a book entitled: Cast Aside: Bored and Homeless in Bucharest, Romania. Framed by the 2008 global financial crisis and by turbulent efforts at post-Communist liberalization, the book enters into a widely felt sense of boredom among Bucharest’s new homeless population. How does this affect, the book asks, provide a window into the felt-reality of displacement in a ruthlessly competitive market economy? 

    Professor O'Neill's research interests include: urban anthropology, poverty and belonging, materiality, responsibility, affect, infrastructure, and post-socialism. In the Spring, Professor O'Neill will be teaching the courses "Cultural Anthropology" and "Urban Ethnography."

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