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Sociocultural Anthropology PhD in Chicago, traveled to 30 countries, can help with your college applications, essays, and social sciences&humanities work!

Methodology

I base my classes on real life experience and help students understand what in their own perspective about the world can be useful and interesting to discuss. Working with a sociocultural anthropologist will help you get ready for an international career in any field.

Background

I hold a doctorate in sociocultural anthropology and have been teaching college courses in the social sciences and humanities for the last five years. I can help with your writing, public talking, college application materials, advice for academic life and much more

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Rate for online lessons : $15/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $90
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $190
Lessons offered by Alexandra
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Academic tutoring
  • Homework help
  • Methodology
Levels
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • College / University
  • Adult Education
  • MBA

Alexandra's resume

CURRICULUM VITAE
ALEXANDRA COȚOFANĂ
PhD

Lecturer
Department of History and Anthropology
Butler University
(concealed information)

SPECIALIZATIONS
Ontologies & Modernities || Political Anthropology || Witchcraft & Religion || Materiality & Immateriality || Visual Anthropology & Documentary Film || Structural Racism || Contemporary EU spaces || Communism || Post-Communism || Medical Anthropology || Nationalism || Populism

EDUCATION
• 2013 – 2018, PhD Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington
• 2016, M.A. Anthropology (Indiana University Bloomington)
• 2011, M.A. Anthropology (National School for Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest)
• 2009, B.A. Political Sciences (National School for Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest)

PUBLICATIONS
Books
• Alexandra Coțofană and James M Nyce (eds.), Religion and Magic in Socialist and Post-Socialist Contexts, "Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society (SPPS) Volume 2 (Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2017)
• Alexandra Coțofană and James M Nyce (eds.) Religion and Magic in Socialist and Post-Socialist Contexts, "Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society (SPPS) Volume 1 (Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2017)
• Alexandra Coțofană, The Genocide of Armenia. Ideology and Denial (Iași, Lumen Publishers: 2010)

Articles
• “Occult Puppets and Puppeteers. George Soros, Civil Society and Political Imaginaries in Postsocialist Romania ” in American Ethnologist (under review)
• Reinventing Witchcraft: Romanian Politics and the Occult in LeftEast (CriticAtac, 2018)
• “The Importance of A Meaningless 1989. Romanian Political Theologies and The Religious Left” in Transfer of knowledge about religion and atheism in Central and Eastern Europe (series: Religion and its others. Studies in Religion, Nonreligion and Secularity, De Gruyter, 2018) – forthcoming (peer-reviewed)
• “White Man Law versus Black Magic Women: Racial and Gender Entanglements of Witchcraft Policies in Romania,” Culture and Society: Journal of Social Research 8.2 (2017): 69-95 (peer-reviewed)
• James M Nyce and Alexandra Coțofană, “The Moral and Ontological Ambiguity of a Borderland: Identity, Magic and Witchcraft in Bucovina, Northern Romania” in Alexandra Coțofană and James M Nyce (eds.) Religion and Magic in Socialist and Post-Socialist Contexts, "Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society (SPPS) Volume 2 (Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2017)
• Alexandra Coțofană and James M Nyce, “Introduction” in Alexandra Coțofană and James M Nyce (eds.) Religion and Magic in Socialist and Post-Socialist Contexts, "Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society (SPPS) Volume 1 (Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2017)
• Alexandra Coțofană, “The curse prayers of Saint Vasile or how to “declare war to the Devil”” in Alexandra Coțofană and James M Nyce (eds.) Religion and Magic in Socialist and Post-Socialist Contexts, "Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society (SPPS) Volume 1 (Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2017)
• Alexandra Coțofană, “Documentary Film and Magic in Communist Romania,” Open Theology 3 (2017): 198–210 (peer-reviewed)
• Alexandra Coțofană, “Creating Authenticity: Banal nationalism in Henri Coandă Airport”, Society for International Development, 54.4 (2011): 520–524 (peer-reviewed)

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Teaching
• Future Faculty Teaching Fellow 2017-2018, Indiana University Northwest ($22,000)
• A122 Interpersonal Communication 2015-2016, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University Bloomington ($18,000)
• A122 Interpersonal Communication 2014-2015, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University Bloomington ($18,000)

Research and Conferences
• REEI Mellon Endowment Student Grant-in-Aid-of Travel 2018 ($370)
• College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award, Fall 2017, Indiana University Bloomington ($400)
• Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, Graduate Student Research Award, Spring 2017, Indiana University Bloomington ($2,000)
• Center for Documentary Research and Practice, Andrew Mellon Sawyer Seminar Doctoral Fellowship, 2016-2017, Indiana University Bloomington ($20,000)
• REEI Mellon Endowment Student Grant-in-Aid-of Research 2016 ($700)
• Institute for European Studies, Mellon Endowment Pre-Dissertation Fellowship 2016 ($1,000)
• REEI Mellon Endowment Student Grant-in-Aid-of Travel 2016 ($600)
• College Arts & Humanities Institute, Graduate Research Travel Award 2016 ($2,000)
• Summer Workshop Travel Grant, Center for Governance and Culture in Europe (ST. Gallen University) & New Europe College 2015 ($2,000)
• The Office of The Vice President for International Affairs International Enhancement Grant 2015 ($1,700)
• Skomp Feasibility Fellowship, Indiana University Bloomington 2014 ($2,541.00)
• The Office of The Vice President for International Affairs Pre-dissertation Travel Grant, IU Bloomington 2014 ($2,200)
• College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellowship, Indiana University 2013-2014 ($18,000)
• Junior Researcher, ADVANCE Proposal Development Award, Ball State University - Suceava Romania 2014 ($1,000)
• Anthropology Junior Researcher IREX Biblionet: May 2011- July 2011 ($1,000)
• Anthropology Junior Researcher for IREX Biblionet: May 2010- July 2010 ($500)
• Anthropology Research Field Assistant "The Social Mapping of Bucharest" (April 2010 - June 2010)

Film Festival
• College Arts & Humanities Institute Grant for In Light Film Festival 2015 ($5,000)
• The Office of The Vice President for International Affairs International Short-Term Visitors Grant for In Light Film Festival 2015 ($4,500)
• Indiana University Student Association Funding Board Grant for In Light Film Festival 2017 ($7,500)
• Indiana University Student Association Funding Board Grant for In Light Film Festival 2016 ($9,232)
• OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE Alumni, MMCP- Ethnic Diversity and Conflict Management Workshop of the 6th MMCP Diversity Management Training Jamboree – as One World Romania Film Festival Organizer (LGI-funded participant) ($500)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS | GUEST LECTURES
• “Occult Puppets and Puppeteers: George Soros, Civil Society and Political Imaginaries in Postsocialist Romania” New Stages? Postsocialisms, Postliberalisms, and Performances. The 2018 Annual Symposium of the Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies: Yale University, New Haven CT, March 2018
• “The Importance Of A Meaningless 1989. Romanian Political Theologies And The Religious Left” Religion and the Human Sciences Workshop: The Divinity School, University of Chicago, January 2018
• “Useless Translations and Ontologies of English-Speaking Demons in Romania” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting: Washington DC December 2017
• “The Importance Of A Meaningless 1989. Romanian Political Theologies And The Religious Left” Ways of Knowing Conference: Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge MA, November 2017
• “The Magic and the Secular in European Politics. Case Study from Romania” Re-Inventing Eastern Europe The 6th Euroacademia International Conference: Belgrade, January 2017
• “Of Colors, Witches and Presidents – Semiotic Agency of Purple in Romanian Political Discourse” AAA Annual Meeting: Minneapolis, November 2016
• “The Magic and the Secular in European Politics. Case Study from Romania” Institute of European Studies: Indiana University Bloomington, October 2016
• “Human Rights Documentary Film Festivals and Civil Society” Sawyer Seminars: Documentary, Media and Historical Transformation Conference: Indiana University Bloomington, October 2016
• “Magic, the Secular and Socialist Ethnographic Film in Romania” European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference: Milano, July 2016
• “When Yeezus Walks (Not) on Water. The Economics of Belief and Celebrity Worship” European Association for the Study of Religions Conference: Helsinki, June 2016
• “Ontologies of the Secular - The Magic and the Secular in Political Discourse and Practice – Case Studies from Romania” The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences World anthropologies and privatization of knowledge: engaging anthropology in public: Dubovnik, May 2016
• “The Magic and the Secular in Political Discourse and Practice – Case Studies from Romania” The 9th Annual Romanian Studies Conference: Indiana University Bloomington, March 2016
• “Exorcism and Psychiatry” Medical Anthropology. Guest Lecture: Butler University IN, September 2015
• Religious Connections and Divisions in the Black Sea Region – New Europe College: Bucharest, June 2015
• “Ethics and Magic. Fieldwork in a Demon-Possessed Community in Romania” Religion in the Black Sea Region Research Group: Kyiv, July 2015
• “Want to Move to Bucharest? Videochat Economics and Perceptions on Sex Work” American Ethnological Society Meeting: San Diego, March 2015
• “Documentary Film, Ethnography and Witchcraft in Socialist Romania” The 8th Annual Romanian Studies Conference: Indiana University Bloomington, March 2015
• “Ethics of Priesthood and Divination” Introduction to Anthropology. Guest Lecture: Hanover College IN, February 2015
• “Documentary Film, Ethnography and Witchcraft in Socialist Romania” The 9th Annual AGSA Symposium: Indiana University Bloomington, February 2015
• “Healing and Binding. Structures of Magic, Religiosity and Medicine in Rural Bucovina” The 7th Romanian Studies Conference: Indiana University Bloomington, March 2014
• “Priesthood and Divination or Practicing Magic as a Part Time Job. A Case Study from Bucovina, Romania” Young Researchers Conference SOYUZ, The Topos of Justice: Miami University OH, February 2014
• “Magic and Ambiguity. Agency, Control and Letting Go in Rural Romania” Indiana University Anthropology Colloquium: Indiana University Bloomington, February 2014
• “Victims of Disembodiment and Witchcraft in Bucovina, Northern Romania” AAA Annual Meeting: Chicago, November 2013
• “The Moral and Ontological Ambiguity of a Borderland. Identity, Magic and Witchcraft in Bucovina, Northern Romania” AAA Annual Meeting: San Francisco, November 2012
• “Biblionet: A Successful Story” Cultural Studies Conference, Columbia College Chicago, March 2011
• “Biblionet. A Successful Story” The International Conference "Beyond Essentialisms: Challenges of Anthropology in the 21st Century: Ljubljana, November 2010
• “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” The 8th International “Border Crossings” Student Conference: Zadar, April 2010

TEACHING
• Lecturer, History and Anthropology Department, Butler University (2018-2019)
o Being Human - Anthropological Approaches to Life and Meaning (Fall 2018)
o East Asian Interactions (Fall 2018)
• Future Faculty Teaching Fellow, Indiana University Northwest (2017-2018)
o A105 Human Origins and Prehistory (Summer 2017)
o A104 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (2017-2018, Summer 2018)
o L300 Culture and Language (Fall 2017)
o A360 Religion and World Politics (Spring 2018)
o H114 History of Western Civilization (Summer 2018)
• Instructor, A122 Interpersonal Communication, Indiana University Bloomington (2014-2016)
• Program Assistant, Anthropology Romania Summer Field Study, Ball State University (Summer 2015)

OTHER ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
Professional Organization Service
• President, The National Association of Student Anthropologists (2017-2018)
• President-Elect, The National Association of Student Anthropologists (2016-2017)
• Journal Reviewer - Religion, State & Society (2017-present)
• Journal Reviewer - Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe (2016-present)
• Journal Reviewer – Student Anthropologist (2016-present)
• Assistant Conference Organizer, 2015 American Ethnological Society Meeting (Sept 2014-Mar 2015)
• Panel Organizer “Computers, Sexuality, and Identity: Mediated Sex in the 21st Century” 2015 American Ethnological Society Meeting, March 2015. Discussant – Tom Boelstorff
• The Kinsey Institute - Themester Research Assistant (Aug - Sept 2014)
• Organizer & Panel Chair – “Religion and Magic in Socialist and post-Socialist Contexts”, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Convention: San Antonio, November 2014
• Conference Organizer, Romanian Society for Social and Cultural Anthropology, The 7th National Conference of The Romanian Cultural Anthropology Society (March 2010 - October 2010)

Film Festivals and Awards
• Festival Director, In Light Human Rights Film Festival (2014-2017)
• Juror, Peabody Awards, Documentary Screening Committee (2016-2017)
• Advisory Board Member, Center for Documentary Research and Practice at Indiana University (October 2015-present)
• Workshop Organizer “Integrating Visual and Psychological Anthropology” at the 2015 American Ethnological Society Meeting, March 2015. Professor Robert Lemelson
• Festival Organizer, The Anthropological Film Festival ASTRA (2009)
• Festival Organizer, One World Romania Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (2008-2013)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
• International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association, 2016 - present
• American Ethnological Society, 2015 - present
• Association for Women in Slavic Studies, 2014 - present
• Soyuz | Postsocialist Cultural Studies, 2014 - present
• Society of Visual Anthropology, 2014 - present
• National Association of Student Anthropologists, 2014 - present
• Society for the Anthropology of Religion, 2014 - present
• Digital Anthropologies Interest Group, 2014 - present
• Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 2013 - present
• American Anthropological Association, 2012 - present
• Romanian Cultural Anthropology Society, 2010 – present

Non-Academic Research Experience:
• Marketing Research Project Manager (Quant) – IPSOS Interactive Services 2011-2013
o Survey management, data collection and delivery
o End clients – Garnier, L’Oreal, Nestle, InBev, P&G, Philips, Kraft, Kellogg’s, Burger King,
o Unilever, etc
o Coordinating the project team (Programmer, Quality Analyst, Data Processor, Media team, Sampling team, Coding team, external field partners) and ensuring the project specifications are followed
o Coordinate the online field evolution, to assure survey’s objectives are met
o Assisting the Research Executive and end clients in matters related to online surveys and research methodology, panel sampling, data delivery and analysis, reporting
o Responsible for research / questionnaire design
o Liaison between client and internal departments, monitoring the progression of each stage of the project, ensuring data accuracy and deadlines are met
o Managing project budgets
o Developing procedures and documentations for optimizing Marketing Products
o Working on R&D / strategic projects
o Collaborating with other departments (Quotation, Sampling, etc.) in order to optimize processes
• Qualitative Research Analyst – SYNOVATE 2010-2011

Technical Skills:
Experience with Final Cut, Adobe Premiere and After Effects

Language proficiency:
Romanian: Native speaker
English: Near native / Fluent
French: Excellent command / Highly proficient
Spanish: Very good command
Italian: Good command
Portuguese: Good working knowledge
Norwegian: Working knowledge

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