Andrew Gardner

Andrew GardnerAssociate Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Research Interests
I am a sociocultural anthropologist whose scholarship focuses on the Gulf States of the Arabian Peninsula. My work in the region explores transnationalism, broadly, and transnational labor more specifically. I also maintain an interest in environmental anthropology and the political ecology of both rural and urban peoples of the Arabian Peninsula.

More information and copies of selected publications


University of Arizona, Ph.D., Anthropology, with a minor in Geography, 2005
University of Arizona, M.A., Anthropology, 2000
George Washington University, B.A., Philosophy, 1991

Courses Taught
SOAN 107: The Anthropology of Societal Collapse
SOAN 117: The Anthropology of Food and Eating
SOAN 200: Cultural Anthropology
SOAN 230: Indigenous Peoples and Alternative Political Economies
SOAN 302: Social Research II (Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods)
SOAN 350: Border Crossings: Transnational Migration and Diaspora Studies
SOAN 407: Political Ecology


Gardner, Andrew (2012) Rumour and Myth in the Labour Camps of Qatar.  Anthropology Today 28(6):25-28.

Gardner, Andrew and Autumn Watts, eds. (2012) Constructing Qatar:  Migrant Narratives from the Margins of the Global System.  Kindle Direct Publishing.

Gardner, Andrew (2012) Why Do They Keep Coming?  Labor Migrants in the Gulf States.  In Migrant Labour in the Persion Gulf.  Mehran Kamrava and Zahra Babar, eds.  New York:  Columbia University Press.

Gardner, Andrew (2011) Gulf Migration and the Family.  Journal of Arabian Studies 1(1):3-25.

Gardner, Andrew (2010) City of Strangers: Gulf Migration and the Indian Community in Bahrain. Ithaca, New York: Cornell/ILR Press.

Gardner, Andrew (2010) Labor Camps in the Gulf States. Viewpoints: Migration and the Gulf. The Middle East Institute.

Gardner, Andrew (2010) Engulfed: Indian Guest Workers, Bahraini Citizens and the Structural Violence of the Kafala System. In The Deportation Regime: Sovereignty, Space, and Freedom of Movement. Nicholas De Genova and Nathalie Peutz, eds. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. Pages 305-349.

Gardner, Andrew (2008) Strategic Transnationalism: The Indian Diasporic Elite in Contemporary Bahrain. City and Society 20 (1): 54-78.

Gardner, Andrew and David Hoffman, eds. (2006) Dispatches from the Field: Neophyte Ethnographers in a Changing World. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

Gardner, Andrew and Timothy Finan (2004) Navigating Modernization: Bedouin Pastoralism and Climate Information in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies 4 (Spring): 59-72.

Gardner, Andrew (2004) The Political Ecology of Bedouin Pastoralism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In Political Ecology Across Spaces, Scales and Social Groups, Lisa Gezon and Susan Paulson, eds. Rutgers: Rutgers University Press.

Gardner, Andrew (2003) The New Calculus of Bedouin Pastoralism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Human Organization 62(3): 267 – 276.

McGuire, Thomas and Andrew Gardner (2003) Contract Drillers: Causal Histories and Social Impact Assessment along the Gulf of Mexico. Human Organization 62(3): 218 – 228.

Gardner, Andrew (2002) The Long Haul from Deregulation: Truck Drivers and Social Capital in the Louisiana Oilpatch. Human Organization 61(4).