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Julie Kleinman

Graduate Student in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies


Kleinman is a PhD candidate in social anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies. She studies the politics of Parisian public space, with a focus on immigration, labor, and the “dangerous classes.” Her ethnographic and historical research examines the social, economic, and political life at the Gare du Nord, an international train station and contested public space that illuminates struggles in urban French society. She is currently writing her dissertation, entitled “Riots and Railways: the Journey of the Dangerous Classes through Paris’s Gare du Nord (1864–2010),” with the support of the Weatherhead Center Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Previous projects include a study of Muslim students and the discourse of cultural difference among teachers at a suburban French public school.