Andrew Gardner

Sociology and Anthropology

Andrew GardnerAndrew Gardner is a sociocultural anthropologist whose scholarship focuses on the Gulf States of the Arabian Peninsula. His work in the region explores migration and transnationalism, broadly, and transnational labor more specifically. Gardner also has an interest in environmental anthropology and the political ecology of both rural and urban peoples of the Arabian Peninsula. Gardner’s work and writing has attracted international media attention in The New York Times, Doha News, CBC News, Gulf Times, and International Herald Tribune with its analyses of the difficult relationships between foreign guest workers and their citizen-hosts. Using ethnographic methods Gardner has examined the contours of the state, the transnational conduits that connect South Asia and the Gulf, and the lived experience of foreign labor migrants while abroad. He has also investigated Arab women’s image, identity, and role in the past and present. Gardner has written numerous articles, and the books Constructing Qatar: Migrant Narratives from the Margins of the Global System (2012); and City of Strangers: Gulf Migration and the Indian Community in Bahrain (Cornell University Press, 2010). He also wrote the chapter “Why Do They Keep Coming? Labor Migrants in the Gulf States,” in the book Migrant Labour in the Persian Gulf (2012). Journal articles include “Tribalism, identity and citizenship in contemporary Qatar” (Anthropology of the Middle East, 2013) and “Gulf Migration and the Family” (2011). Gardner teaches courses on topics including cultural anthropology, political ecology, indigenous peoples and alternative political economies, transnational migration and diaspora studies.


B.A., George Washington University, 1991; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2000, 2005

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