Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Chelsi West Ohueri

Assistant ProfessorPh.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin

Chelsi West Ohueri



Sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, race and racialization, belonging, Albania, Southeastern Europe, Romani studies


Dr. Chelsi West Ohueri is a cultural anthropologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies with appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. Her scholarship and teaching are primarily concerned with the study of racialization, marginalization, and structural inequality. She has conducted extensive ethnographic research throughout Albania and is interested in configurations of race and belonging among Albanian, Romani, and Egyptian communities in Southeastern Europe. She also examines categories of whiteness and blackness as they are produced and reproduced throughout Europe and across the globe. West Ohueri is currently completing her ethnographic book project about this research. 

A native of Jackson, MS, West Ohueri received her BA in sociocultural anthropology from Millsaps College in 2008. She received her MA in 2011 and her PhD in 2016 from UT Austin. From 2016 to 2018 she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Population Health at the UT Austin Dell Medical School where she researched health disparities, structural racism, and the anthropology of comorbidity. Her work has been supported by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, the International Research and Exchanges Board, and the Fulbright Program among others. 

Dr. West Ohueri teaches courses on race and nationalism, the anthropology of health and illness, anthropological and social science methods, and ethnographic writing. 




REE 345 • Compartv White Nationalisms-Wb

43900 • Spring 2021
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM
Internet; Synchronous
GC (also listed as ANT 324L)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about white nationalism and to examine it in multiple forms. Using a cultural anthropology perspective, the course will focus on the intersections of national identity and race, and in particular whiteness, in Europe and the United States. A significant component of the course will examine historical and newly emergent nationalist ideologies in Eastern Europe. The course will begin with lectures and discussions that give students the chance to critically unpack key terminology (nation, nationalism, race, white nationalism, white supremacy) that are often used in media and popular culture but at the same time, are rarely well-defined and contextualized. Students will read literature from multiple disciplines, including anthropology, European studies, history, political science, and race and ethnic studies. Each week students will complete in-class rapid fire writing responses about the readings before we begin discussions. This course will involve regular shorter writing assignments and a final writing paper. Students will also have the chance to work in small groups on a project. Assignments will include book chapter readings, journal articles, newspaper stories, and one book-length ethnography. The syllabus will also include films. By the end of the course students should be able to understand the concept of white nationalism and its manifestations in multiple forms in Europe and the United States. They should also be able to understand theories of nation, race, and whiteness, and be able to critically reflect on these topics.

REE 388 • Global Race And Racism-Wb

43960 • Spring 2021
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM
Internet; Synchronous
(also listed as AFR 381, ANT 391)

In this graduate level course, students will trace the concept of race over time and critically examine various socioracial configurations across the globe through an anthropological lens. Though race and racism are often framed as American or Western constructs, this course provides students the opportunity to engage these concepts from a global perspective, as they examine historical and contemporary aspects of race, racialization, and white supremacy. In this course we will ask questions about comparative analysis and how scholars study race in varying local contexts, for example the study of race in Eastern Europe vs. parts of the Americas. In doing so, students will additionally learn more about the relationship between race and related concepts of ethnicity and nation. Additional topics that will be addressed in the course include colonialism, genocide, xenophobia, and anti-blackness.  

REE 345 • Glbl Persp Hlth/Ill/Inequal-Wb

42500 • Fall 2020
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM
Internet; Synchronous

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REE 345 • Comparng White Nationalisms

43045 • Spring 2020
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM CMA 5.190
GC (also listed as ANT 324L)


The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about white nationalism and to examine it in multiple forms. Using a cultural anthropology perspective, the course will focus on the intersections of national identity and race, and in particular whiteness, in Europe and the United States. A 
significant component of the course will examine historical and newly emergent nationalist ideologies in 
Eastern Europe. The course will begin with lectures and discussions that give students the chance to 
critically unpack key terminology (nation, nationalism, race, white nationalism, white supremacy) that areoften used in media and popular culture but at the same time, are rarely well-defined and contextualized. Students will read literature from multiple disciplines, including anthropology, European studies, history, political science, and race and ethnic studies. 

Each week students will complete in-class rapid fire writing responses about the readings before we begin discussions.This course will involve regular shorter writing assignments and a final writing paper. Students will also have the chance to work in small groups on a project. Assignments will include book chapter readings, journal articles, newspaper stories, and one book-length ethnography.

The syllabus will also include films. By the end of the course students should be able to understand the concept of white nationalism and its manifestations in multiple forms in Europe and the United States. They should also be able to understand theories of nation, race, and whiteness, and be able to critically reflect on these topics.

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