Martin Skrydstrup

I did my undergraduate and graduate work in cultural anthropology at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen and hold a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Columbia University (2009). My doctoral training at Columbia was funded by Fulbright and the Danish Research Academy. My dissertation research focused on repatriation claims to American and Danish cultural property regimes. I sought to understand these claims by intersecting the rich body of anthropological work on exchange with postcolonial theory. My fieldwork for this project was supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, National Science Foundation, and Columbia University Travel Fellowship.

Research Interests

Historical Anthropology; Anthropology of Law; Anthropology of Science; cultural property; the relationship between science and society. Most generally, my research interests revolve around how expert knowledge systems practiced as law, finance or science can be ethnographically explored and constituted as anthropological objects of inquiry in their own right.

Regional Focus

United States, Denmark, Gabon (Western Equatorial Africa)