Dr. Smadar Brack
Dr. Smadar Brack is a Post-doctoral fellow at the Africa Unit at the Truman Research Institute. Smadar completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2017. She is currently working on her book manuscript Becoming Missionary-Citizens which Focuses on Ghanaian Pentecostal missionaries and migrants in Rome, Italy. In this research she explores the way African Pentecostal migrants use their religious identity as missionaries and Christian-citizens, to challenge their marginalization as African migrants and ‘non-citizens’ in the Italian nation-state. As a fellow at the Truman Institute, she works on a new ethnographic research “Reproducing Borders.” This research seeks to understand the way reproductive aspirations and family formation are informed and mediated by the experiences of migration and displacement amongst African refugees in Israel and Italy.
Research interests: migration, transnational Christianity, citizenship & the nation-state, African Diaspora, and childbirth. Smadar has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Ghana, Italy, USA and Israel.