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Gili Kliger

Graduate Student Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair


Gili Kliger

Gili Kliger is a Ph.D. candidate in history and a teaching fellow in social studies at Harvard University. She studies the history of Western empires from the early modern period to decolonization, with a particular focus on the British, French, and U.S. empires in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her dissertation, entitled "Colonial Reformation: Religion, Empire, and the Origins of Modern Social Thought," explores the way key figures in the history of the social sciences – Émile Durkheim, Marcel Mauss, and Claude Lévi Strauss – drew on colonial, ethnographic material in formulating new ideas about the social world.

At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) Kliger co-chairs the Seminar on Academic Knowledge: Past and Future.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Ph.D. Student in History & Teaching Fellow in Social Studies, Harvard University
  • Graduate Student Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University