Pamela Ballinger

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Phone (207) 725-3070
Title Associate Professor
Department Sociology And Anthropology
Work Location 403 Adams Hall

On leave for 2010-11 academic year.

Pamela Ballinger works on questions of memory, identity, refugees and displacement, Italian fascism, and the methodological intersections between history and anthropology. Her geographical areas of specialization are Italy and the former Yugoslavia/Balkans.


The Johns Hopkins University
M.A.; Ph.D. in Anthropology and History

Trinity College, Cambridge University Cambridge, England  
M. Phil in Social Anthropology

Stanford University
B.A. in Anthropology, with honors

Selected Publications

Borders of the Nation, Borders of Citizenship: Italian Repatriation and the Redefinition of National Identity after World War II. Comparative Studies in Society and History 49(3): 713-741. 2007 

History in Exile: Memory and Identity at the Borders of the BalkansHistory in Exile: Memory and Identity at the Borders of the Balkans. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2003

Opting for Identity: The Politics of International Refugee Relief in Venezia Giulia, 1948-1952. Acta Histriae 14(1): 115-136. 2006

Trieste: The City as Displaced Persons Camp. Jahrbücher für Geschichte und Kultur Südosteuropas (Yearbook for the History and Culture of South Eastern Europe) 8: 153-174. 2006

Lines in the Water, Peoples on the Map: Maritime Museums and the Representation of Cultural Boundaries in the Upper Adriatic. Narodna umjetnost 43(1): 15-39. 2006

How to Detect Culture and its Effects. In Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis. Charles Tilly and Robert Goodin, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2006

World Fascism A Historical Encyclopedia"Culture" and "Slavs." Entries for "Italian Fascism." World Fascism A Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. 2006

Exhumed Histories: Trieste and the Politics of (Exclusive) Victimhood. The Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans 6(2): 145-159. 2004

Selling Croatia or Selling Out Croatia? Tourism, Privatization, and Coastal Development Issues in a 'New' Democracy. Working paper series, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research. 2004
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'Authentic Hybrids' in the Balkan Borderlands. Current Anthropology  45(1): 31-60. 2004

Imperial Nostalgia: Mythologizing Habsburg Trieste. Journal of Modern Italian Studies 8(1): 84-101. 2003

Race and Ethnicity: An Anthropological Focus on the United States and the WorldEurope. In Race and Ethnicity: An Anthropological Focus on the United States and the World. Raymond Scupin, ed. pp. 403-434. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall. 2003

La Pentecoste italiana: accogliere il verbo della fede italica. Lo sviluppo del rituale nazionalistico a Fiume, 1919-1921. Roberto Dedenaro, trans. Qualestoria 29(2): 123-142. 2001

Who defines and remembers genocide after the Cold War? Contested memories of partisan massacre in Venezia Giulia in 1943-1945. Journal of Genocide Research 2(1): 11-30. 2000

Definitional Dilemmas: Southeastern Europe as 'Culture Area'? Balkanologie 3(2): 73-91. 1999

Cultures of Insecurity: States, Communities, and the Production of DangerThe Politics of the Past: Redefining Insecurity Along the 'World's Most Open Border.' In Cultures of Insecurity: States, Communities, and the Production of Danger. Jutta Weldes, Mark Laffey, Hugh Gusterson, and Raymond Duvall, eds. pp. 63-90. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 1999

The Culture of Survivors: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Memory. History and Memory 10 (1): 99-132. 1998

Blutopfer und Feuertaufe. Der Kriegerritus der Arditi (The Sacrament of Blood and the Baptism of Fire: Celebrating the Warlike Rite of the Italian Arditi).In Der Dichter als Kommandant: D'Annunzio erobert Fiume. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Friedrich Kittler, and Bernhard Siegert, eds. pp. 175-202. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag. 1996


Italian Academy Fellowship, Columbia University (Spring 2006)
Policy Research Fellowship, National Council for Eurasian and East European
Research (2002-2003)
Kenan Fellowship, Bowdoin College (2002-2003)
Wenner-Gren Small Grant (2001-2002)
Italian Academy Fellowship, Columbia University (2002 - declined)
NEH Post-Classical Humanistic/Modern Italian Studies Fellowship (Rome Prize),
American Academy in Rome (2001-2002)
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Grant (1999)
Michigan Society of Fellows (1998-2001 - declined)
Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (1997-1998)
Doctoral Fellow, Stanford Center for International Security and Arms Control (1996-1997)
Doctoral Fellowship, Institute for the Study of World Politics (1996)
SSRC-MacArthur Peace & Security Dissertation Fellowship (1994-1996)
Visiting Student, School of Slavonic and East European Studies (9/94-12/94)
SSRC-Western Europe Dissertation Fellowship (1994-95)
Wenner-Gren Small Grant (1994-1995)
Fulbright Fellowship to Italy (1994-1995, converted to travel grant)
American Council of Learned Societies Graduate Fellowship (1994-1995 - declined)
International Research & Exchanges Board Dissertation Fellowship (1994 - declined)
Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, Council for European Studies (1993)
Singleton Fellowship, Johns Hopkins (1992)
Owen Fellowship, Johns Hopkins (1991-1994)
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1990-1993)
Jacob Javits Graduate Fellowship (1990 - declined)


2004-present Member, Advisory Panel, European History Quarterly
2001-2003 Member-at-large, Society for the Anthropology of Europe