Gail Kligman

Distinguished Professor of Sociology

Gail Kligman’s research has focused on politics, culture, and gender in Central East Europe, both during the communist period and since its demise, and includes extensive field research in Romania. She is co-author with Katherine Verdery of Peasants under Siege: Collectivization in Romania, 1949-1962 (Princeton UP, 2011), which won the 2012 Barbara Jelavich Book Prize, the Davis Center Book Prize, and the Heldt Prize from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and received two Honorable Mentions by the American Sociological Association for Best Book in Comparative-Historical Sociology and Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship, Political Sociology Section Best Book. She is co-author with Susan Gal of The Politics of Gender after Socialism: A Comparative-Historical Essay (Princeton UP, 2000), which won the 2001 Heldt Prize of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies. She is also the author of The Politics of Duplicity: Controlling Reproduction in Ceauşescu’s Romania (UC Press, 1998), which also won the Heldt Prize, and of The Wedding of the Dead: Ritual, Poetics and Popular Culture in Transylvania (UC Press, 1988). Kligman has held teaching appointments at the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin, Stanford University, and Georgetown University. She has received many prestigious research grants, including awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the MacArthur Foundation, the Soros Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.


Ph. D., University of California, Berkeley


2020 “Reflections on Fieldwork in Maramures: Identity as a Category of Practice.” In 

Recalling Fieldwork: People, Places and Encounters,” edited by R. Mateoc. Berlin:

LIT Verlag. 97-118. 

2017  “Speech given on the 25th of May 2017 on the occasion of being awarded the Doctor 

Honoris Causa title of the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca,” Studia Sociologia

62:1, 19-28.

            “Începem și noi să facem haz de necaz,” Dilema veche, nr. 697, 29 iunie-5 iulie, 

2015, necaz&c=E,1,LAcQlCzqYJ3oU3YUCqCfnThq_3WpRPuBVYvuVpSfQVH8nUn5HcgYJ9yqISJImJASA7KUtOzl9tf9W-0V6QJ_grI1tgqAyMhgzkrZguMi281hn35hTA,,&typo=1<,1,5Y2namB5iyXyDIbmaYiM-CJEHOhFrwTb4Okx9xdYLF07Ks3OEblNLFlLnwQKbWXi9B7hOdfGLskwR5804DflK-YBspLPMgCcGSqhhvVdOafR9PONWI9PVzE08g,,&typo=1>

2015    Țăranii Sub Asediu: Colectivizarea Agriculturii în România (1949-1962), by

            Gail Kligman and Katherine Verdery. Bucharest: Editura Polirom.

2011   Peasants Under Siege: The Collectivization of Agriculture in Romania, 1949-1962, byGail Kligman and Katherine VerderyPrinceton: Princeton University Press. 

AWARDS: 2012 Barbara Jelavich Best Book Prize, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; 2012 Davis Center Outstanding Monograph in Political and Social Studies, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; 2012 Heldt Prize, Association for Women in Slavic Studies; Honorable Mention, 2012, Wayne S. Vucinich Most Important Contribution Prize, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Honorable Mention, 2012  Barrington Moore Best Book Award in Comparative-Historical Sociology, the American Sociology Association; Honorable Mention, 2012 Best Book Award, Political Sociology Section, the American Sociology Association.

2009   “Creating Communist Authority: Class War and the Collectivization in Ieud, Maramures” (translation, see c.v. 2005). InTransforming Peasants, Property and Power, edited by Dorin Dobrincu and Constantin Iordachi. Budapest: CEU Press, pp. 165-201. 

2000  Susan Gal and Gail Kligman, The Politics of Gender After Socialism: An Historical Comparative Essay. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2000.

AWARD;   2001 Heldt Prize, Association for Women in Slavic Studies, 

2000  Susan Gal and Gail Kligman, eds. Reproducing Gender: Politics, Publics and Everyday Life After Socialism. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 

1998   The Politics of Duplicity: Controlling Reproduction in Ceausescu’s Romania, Los Angeles: University of California Press.  

AWARDS:  1998 Heldt  Prize, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (best book in women’s studies);  Honorable Mention, 1999 Victoria Schuck Award (on women and politics), American Political Science Association.

1996   “Gendering Women’s Identities in Postcommunist Eastern Europe.” In Identities in Transition: Russia and Eastern Europe After Communism, edited by V. Bonnell. Berkeley: IAS Publications. 

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