Jeffrey Sluka

Jeffrey Sluka
Professor of Social Anthropology at Massey University, New Zealand


Jeffrey Sluka has a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a Professor of Social Anthropology at Massey University, New Zealand. He is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association, chair of the ethics committee of the Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand, and a member of the New Zealand Royal Society. A political anthropologist with extensive fieldwork experience in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he is an expert on political violence and the cultural dynamics of armed conflicts involving ethnonationalist and ethnoreligious movements and indigenous peoples. He is the author of Hearts and Minds, Water and Fish: Popular Support for the IRA and INLA in a Northern Irish Ghetto (1989), and edited Death Squad: The Anthropology of State Terror (2000) and (with Antonius Robben) Ethnographic Fieldwork: An Anthropological Reader (2012).

Research Interest

state terror, popular resistance, human rights, critical terrorism studies, the global war on terrorism, and fieldwork ethics, methods, and dangers. His theoretical interests include symbolic interactionism, narrative ethnography, post-modernism, reflexivity, and participatory action research.