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Gili Kliger

Seminar Chair


Gili Kliger

Gili Kliger is a postdoctoral college fellow at Harvard University, where she teaches history and social theory. She received her Ph.D. in history from Harvard in May of 2022. Her academic focus is 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.


  • Postdoctoral College Fellow, Harvard University
  • Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University