Sascha L. Goluboff
Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 458-8807,


2021 Masters of Fine Arts, Writing                                                   Pacific University
1999 Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology                                      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1995 Masters of Arts, Anthropology                                                University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1992 Bachelor of Arts, Sociology/Anthropology                             Colgate University
(High Honors) and Russian Studies,
Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Academic Positions and Administrative Leadership at Washington and Lee University
• Director, Office of Community-Based Learning (2020-present)
• Interim Head (for Curricular Matters), Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies (2020-2021)
• Department Head, Sociology and Anthropology (2015-2020)
• Professor of Cultural Anthropology, 2013-present (tenured); Associate (tenured), 2005-2013; Assistant, 1999-2005.

Research and Writing Interests
My work focuses on emotion in a variety of geographical and historical contexts. Mourning and grief in Azerbaijan, hooking up on college campuses, and attachment to home place in Antebellum Virginia — I view emotion as stories — narratives told about self and society, as well as a discourse about interpersonal connections.

“Dating Rules for Women over Forty.” Kitchen Sink Magazine. Volume 5. Fall 2021.

“Lit.” Bright Flash Literary Review. September 1, 2021.

“A Different Man.” The Write Launch. February 2020.

Jewish Russians: Upheavals in a Moscow Synagogue. University of Pennsylvania Press. 2003.

Book Chapters
“Communities of Mourning: Mountain Jewish Laments in Azerbaijan and on the Internet.” In Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies, edited by Mark Steinberg and Catherine Wanner. Pp. 149-177. Indiana University Press. 2008.

“Text to Sex: The Impact of Cell Phones on Hooking up and Sexuality on Campus,” Mobile Media and Communication 4: 102-120. January 2016.

A reprint of my book chapter, “Communities of Mourning: Mountain Jewish Laments in Azerbaijan and on the Internet,” was translated into Russian and printed in a special issue of Gosudarstvo, Religiia, i Tzerkov (Government, Religion, and Church) 2015, 3(33): 31-65.

“Making African American Homeplaces in Rural Virginia,” Ethos: The Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 39(3):368-394. September 2011.

Proceedings of the Panel “The Regional Challenge: Managing Religious Diversity” at the Kennan Institute during a Conference on “Religion in Russian Society: State Policy, Regional Challenges, and Individual Rights,” June 8-9, 2006. Included is my presentation “Managing Jewish Religious Diversity in Russian Society.” Published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Edited by F. Joseph Dresen, Kennan Institute Occasional Papers #298, 2008.

“Patriarchy through Lamentation in Azerbaijan,” American Ethnologist 35(1):81-94. February 2008.

“Azerbaijani Ethnography: Views from Inside and Outside.” Co-authored with Samira Karaeva, Researcher and Ph.D. Candidate, The Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Baku. Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (JSAE) 5(1):15-21. Spring/Summer 2005.

“Are They Jews or Asians?: A Cautionary Tale about Mountain Jewish Ethnography.” Slavic Review 63(1): 113-140. Spring 2004.

“Discussant remarks: Mobility, Labor, and the Ties that Bind.” Anthropology of East Europe Review Special Issue: “New Directions in Post Socialist Studies.” Volume 20(2): 9-12. Autumn, 2002. Also published in the International Institute Newsletter, University of Michigan, Spring 2002. Pp. 10-11.

Guest Editor of “Race Places: Changing Locations of Jewish Identities,” a special issue of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Volume 8(2). My articles are entitled “Introduction” (pp. 163-171) and “The Savage in the Jew: Race, Class, and the New Market in Post-Soviet Moscow” (pp. 283-312). July 2001.

“Fistfights at the Moscow Choral Synagogue: Ritual and Ethnicity in Post-Soviet Russia.” Anthropological Quarterly 74(2): 55-71. April 2001.

Guest Editor of “Why Post-Socialism is Good To Think,” a special issue of Anthropology of East Europe Review. Volume 18(1). My articles are entitled “A Note from the Guest Editor” (pp. 5-6) and “Re-Enabling the Disabled: The Struggle of Blind Russian Jews for Citizenship in the New Russia” (pp. 27-31). Spring 2000.

Engagement with Incarcerated Populations
Virginia State Coordinator for the Inside-Out Exchange Program (2020 to present)

Taught the first Inside-Out class, “Narrating Our Stories: Culture, Society, and Identity” at Washington and Lee University, Fall Term, 2019.

Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Michigan Training, July 15-21, 2018.

Presentations of Ethnographic Work to the Public
“A Journey through Brownsburg, Virginia in 1860: An African American History Presentation” at Asbury United Methodist Church (Brownsburg) and Leyburn Library, Washington and Lee University, March and April, 2016

“Black & White and One Small Town,” Radio Interview about the Brownsburg Museum on WMRA Harrisonburg. August 23, 2012.

“Sentimental Attachments: Race Relations in Brownsburg before and after the Civil War,” an exhibition of 12 graphic poster panels, plus relevant archival materials from Special Collections, Washington and Lee University, and the Rockbridge Historical Society. Brownsburg Museum, Brownsburg, Virginia April 14 – November 27 2012.

“Making African-American Homeplaces in Brownsburg, Virginia,” an exhibition of twenty-three posters at Asbury United Methodist Church, Brownsburg, Virginia, March 9, 2010.

Grants and Fellowships
Associated College of the South for “Community-Engaged Teaching: A Collaborative Peer Learning Model.” Primary Project Lead. Co-facilitated with Sarah Brackmann at Southwestern University (2021-2022 academic year)
Our Community of Practice facilitated a peer-learning community for twelve ACS faculty and instructors interested in creating community-engaged learning classes. Often called “learning by doing,” community-engaged learning is a recognized high impact experience that goes beyond volunteerism by creating course-based opportunities for students to apply and more fully understand academic knowledge through projects that address genuine community needs. This virtual Community of Practice (CoP) trained participants about the best and most innovative practices in the field, as well as provided them with key resources and connections across institutions to foster professional and institutional growth.

Lenfest Grants (Washington and Lee University) to support summer research and fiction writing on my book project based on research on race relations in Southwest Virginia (Summers 2009-2021)

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Discretionary Grant to fund printing and publication costs for my exhibit at the Brownsburg Museum, April – July 2012.

American Philosophical Society Sabbatical Fellowship for my project “Making African American Homeplaces in the Rural South,” 2010-2011 academic year.

The Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers, 2010-2011, declined.

Engaged Scholars Studying Congregations Fellowship, administrated through the Hartford Seminary and sponsored by the Lilly Foundation, Inc., for my project “African American Home Church: The Politics of Race and Religion in the Rural South,” Summers 2008 and 2009.

Glenn Grant (Washington and Lee University) for project “African American Home Church: The Politics of Race and Religion in the Rural South,” Summers 2007 and 2008.

Glenn Grant (Washington and Lee University) for writing up findings from fieldwork in Azerbaijan, Summers 2005 and 2006.

Short Term Research Grant (National Council for Eurasian and East European Research), Junior Scholar Grant (Hadassah-Brandeis Research Institute), and Glenn Grant (Washington and Lee University) for my project “Modern Rites of Ancient Passage: An Ethnography of Mountain Jews in Azerbaijan,” undertaken in Summer 2004.

Pre-tenure leave. Washington and Lee University. Winter Term 2003.

Social Science Research Council Grant and Glenn Grant (W&L University) to study first-year Azeri language in the 2002 Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages at Indiana University.

Workshop and Conference Participation (2000-2016)
By Invitation 
Invited Participant in the Engaged Scholars Conference at the Louisville Seminary, November 15-17, 2010. I gave the paper, “Making African American Homeplaces in Rural Virginia,” and participated in roundtable discussions.

Invited Participant in The Kennan Institute Conference “The Caucasus: New Agendas in Scholarship,” Woodrow Wilson Center. May 10-11, 2007.

Invited Participant in the Panel “The Regional Challenge: Managing Religious Diversity” at the Conference “Religion in Russian Society: State Policy, Regional Challenges, and Individual Rights,” Cosponsored by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center. Woodrow Wilson Center, June 8-9, 2006. My presentation is entitled “Managing Jewish Religious Diversity in Russian Society.”

Invited Participant in The Kennan Institute Workshop Series “Religion in Post-Soviet Societies,” Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center. October 28-29, 2005 and April 28-29, 2006.

“Mountain Jews and Mourning in and beyond the Caucasus,” presented (by invitation) at the International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Communities in the Caucasus, The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, March 27-28, 2006.

Conference Presentations
“Writing as Healing: Altered States of Consciousness at the Crossroads between Ethnography and Fiction,” presented at the 38th Annual Conference, Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, March 22, 2018.

“Text to Sex: How Cell Phones Impact Hooking Up and Sexuality on Campus,” presented at the International Communication Association Meeting in Seattle, Washington, May 24, 2014.

“Fictionalizing Affection, Theorizing Race: Examining Sentimental Attachments among Slaves and Masters in Virginia,” presented on the panel “Theory, (Auto)Ethnography, and Fiction,” at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, December 3, 2014. I was also chair of this panel.

“The Struggle to Make Home Church: African Americans and Their White Christian Patrons before and after the Civil War,” at Association for the Study of African American Life and History, October 8, 2011.

“Making Homeplace in Southwestern Virginia,” presented in the panel, “African American Churches and Home Places,” at the Virginia Forum, March 15, 2011.

“Making African American Homeplaces in Rural Virginia,” presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, October 31, 2010.

“Do They Want to Hear the Truth?: The Challenges of Doing an Engaged Study of a Rural Black Church,” presented in the panel, “Public Sociology: Challenges of Engaged Scholarship in Religious Communities” at the Association for the Sociology of Religion, August 14, 2010.

Russian (reading, writing, and speaking), Azeri (first year +), and Judeo-Tat (beginning)

Courses Taught
Introduction to Community-Based Learning
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Anthropology (four fields)
Theorizing Social Life
Food, Culture, and Society
Writing 100: Terror and Violence
Campus Sex in the Digital Age
Conflicts in Eurasia: Globalization, New States, and Soviet Legacies
Feminist Anthropology
Gender and Society
Narrating Our Stories: Culture, Society, and Identity
Ethnographic Research Methods
Qualitative Methods
Violence and Terror
Shamanism, Spirit Possession, and the Occult
Gender, Law, and Culture in the Islamic World