Joelle Bahloul

Joelle Bahloul

Professor Emeritus


  • Doctorate, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 1981
  • Diploma, International Relations, Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales, University of Paris Law School , 1979
  • Martse, Sociology, University of Paris-Sorbonne, 1976

About Joelle Bahloul

My research is a comparative ethnographic exploration of the process of migration and its result in the diasporic experience. I have ethnographically focused on Jewish cultures in the “new” Europe, half a century after the Holocaust. Thus I have been dealing primarily with the aftermath of both genocide and colonialism in French urban society, and the integration of cultural diversity and of variable historical memories. My study of these historical processes has been focused on the ethnographic analysis of the relation between kinship and ethnicity, of collective memory, of post-migration religious practice, and of urban semiotics.

At Indiana University I have taught courses in Jewish ethnography, collective memory, European ethnography, migration and diaspora, and social theory. These courses have been taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Honors and awards

  • Outstanding Young Faculty Award, Indiana University, 1991-92.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming Little By Little: Getting Ahead As Mothers and Traders in A West African City.

2003 “Gender At Work In Economic Life (ed., with introduction).” #20, Monographs in Economic Anthropology, Society for Economic Anthropology. Altamira Press