Indiana University Bloomington

Sara Friedman

Associate Professor
Anthropology / East Asian Languages and Cultures / Gender Studies

Sara Friedman

Office: Student Building 158 
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Research Interests
Marriage and the state; citizenship; gender and law; immigration; reproductive politics; kinship; socialism and post-socialism; ethnicity; media and representation; transnationalism; China; Taiwan

Area Involvement
Prof. Friedman’s research examines the connections between large-scale political processes and intimate life, with particular attention to the place of state power and citizenship in gender identities, intimate relationships, and bodily practices of dress, labor, and sexuality. These interests reflect her interdisciplinary training in sociocultural anthropology, gender studies, and East Asian studies. They also emerge from her experiences living and working in China and Taiwan since the late 1980s.

Select Honors and Awards

  • Rockefeller Foundation Award for Bellagio Center conference “Rethinking Intimate Labor through Inter-Asian Migrations,”2011
  • Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Award, IU, 2010
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Indiana University, 2006-2007