Maris Gillette


School of Global Studies
Visiting address
Konstepidemins väg 2
41314 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 700
40530 Göteborg

About Maris Gillette

Maris Boyd Gillette is a social anthropologist and filmmaker whose research explores how capitalist processes affect group identities, material culture and the environment, and economic practices. She has studied porcelain workers and entrepreneurs in Jingdezhen, southeast China (China’s Porcelain Capital: The Rise, Fall, and Reinvention of Ceramics in Jingdezhen, Bloomsbury 2016), Chinese Muslims in Xi’an, northwest China (Between Mecca and Beijing: Modernization and Consumption Among Urban Chinese Muslims, Stanford 2000), and a range of issues and topics related to sustainability in Europe and the US. She has also written about higher education. Gillette works regularly with municipalities, voluntary organisations, and museums, and has created and co-created exhibitions and educational initiatives, including at the Campbell House Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the St Louis Art Museum, and the Missouri History Museum. She participates regularly in community engagement initiatives, including related to sustainability. She was co-founder of the community history and digital media project Muslim Voices of Philadelphia, for which she received a Courage in Media Award from the Council on American Islamic Relations in 2012. Since 2017 Gillette has been Professor of Anthropology at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. She teaches anthropology, global studies, and environmental social sciences at the Bachelor, MA, and PhD levels, and supervises PhD candidates in anthropology and environmental social sciences.