Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Peter Finke

Prof. Dr.  Peter  Finke
Head of Department / Full Professor
Telephone: +41 44 635 22 33

Office hours

- during the semester Tue 16 - 18
- during the semester break by agreement

Please make an appointment with Prof. Finke's secretary, Ms A. Racca de Oliveira Lima, phone 044 635 22 16,

Research interests

Social theory, economic anthropology, political economy and social change, post-socialist transformations, pastoral nomadism, identity, cognitive anthropology, norms and ideology

Research areas

Central Asia, Middle East, post-socialist societies

Short bio

Peter Finke has been Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Zurich since 2006 and is a member of the University Priority Research Programme “Asia and Europe”. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Brill's book series Eurasian Studies Library, Leiden, NL, and a member of the Board of the series Gesellschaften und Staaten im Epochenwandel (GSE). Peter Finke studied Anthropology and Central Asian Studies in Munich, Göttingen, and Berlin. He holds a MA from Free University Berlin (1994), a PhD from Köln University (1999) and a postdoctoral degree (habilitation) from Leipzig University (2006). From 2000 until 2005 he was a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and in 2005 became Head of the Research Group on Central Asia. In 2002/2003 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire, U.S.A., and from 2004 until 2006 at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.