Kristin Skrabut

Kristin Skrabut

(617) 627-6528
97 Talbot Avenue
Research/Areas of Interest:

Urban Anthropology and Ethnography; Global Poverty and Development; Housing and Infrastructure; Gender and Kinship; Latin American Studies; Political and Legal Anthropology


  • PhD, Anthropology, Brown University, Providence, United States, 2014
  • MA, Anthropology and Population, Brown University, Providence, United States, 2008
  • BA, Sociocultural Anthropology, Latin American Studies concentration, New York University, New York, United States, 2005


Kristin Skrabut is Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Anthropology, and a faculty affiliate of Latin American Studies at Tufts. Her research uses anthropological theory and ethnographic methods to explore how state policies and transnational phenomena shape people's everyday lives, identities, relationships and the built environment. Her first book project, Extreme Lives: Poverty and Intimacy in Urban Peru, examines how international efforts to fight poverty shape informal markets, intimate identities, and unruly patterns of urban development. Her second book project, Biometrics, Digital Modernity, and the Margins of the State, investigates how the rise of biometric surveillance and e-governance infrastructure is remaking forms of political engagement and interpersonal relationships in the Global South. Before coming to Tufts, Kristin served as Lecturer of Social Studies at Harvard University and as a Visiting Research Fellow in Cities and Development at the London School of Economics. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Brown University and a B.A. from New York University.