Jennifer Wistrand


Jennifer Wistrand is a non-resident affiliate of ISIM and a non-resident affiliate of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES).  She has also been an Adjunct Professor for CERES teaching a course entitled “Migrants and Displaced People in Eurasia”.

Jennifer is an anthropologist who is interested in academic and policy questions concerning voluntary and involuntary migration in the former Soviet republics in the Caucasus and Central Asia.  She recently had a chapter entitled “Social Consequences of Seasonal Labour Migration:  A Case Study from Rural Azerbaijan” published in a book about post-Soviet migration and diasporas that was edited by Milana Nikolko and David Carment and published by Palgrave Macmillan.  Jennifer is currently completing a consultancy position with the World Bank for a project concerning internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Azerbaijan.  Prior to that, she spent three years at the U.S. Department of State as a term appointee and a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow in the Secretary’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.          

Jennifer holds a PhD and an MA in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA in anthropology and French from Northwestern University.  She has been a Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Fulbright Fellow.  She was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan.