Yale University Department of Anthropology

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Douglas Rogers

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2004

10 Sachem Street, Room 124
Tel: (203)-432-8046
Fax: (203) 432-3669



Rogers’s research and teaching interests include political and economic anthropology, natural resource extraction (especially oil) and energy, the anthropology of religion, and socialist societies and their postsocialist trajectories. He has done archival and ethnographic research in Russia since 1994, often in collaboration with scholars from Moscow State University, Perm State University, and the Perm Regional Museums.

Rogers is currently working on an ethnography-based project entitled “Oil Culture: Producing the New Russia.” Funded in 2009-2012 by the National Science Foundation Cultural Anthropology Program and the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research, this project explores the intersection of three significant processes in the Perm Region: (1) the gradual emergence of the region as a significant oil-producer in post-Soviet Russia; (2) the shifting nature of the Russian state in the context of oil-dependent budgets, especially at the regional and sub-regional levels; and (3) the rise and spread of practices of “corporate social responsibility.” The project pays particular attention to the fate of “social and cultural projects” sponsored by regional state offices and energy companies, among them Perm’s recent—and controversial—effort to re-brand itself as the “cultural capital of Russia.”

Rogers received his B.A. from Middlebury College, an M.Phil. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Before joining the faculty at Yale, Rogers taught at Miami University of Ohio and was a Kennan Institute fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.  In 2012-3, he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Douglas Rogers is the author of The Old Faith and the Russian Land: A Historical Ethnography of Ethics in the Urals, published in Cornell University Press’s “Culture and Society After Socialism” series in 2009.

The book received Honorable Mentions for the 2010 Clifford Geertz Prize and the 2010 ASEEES Davis Center Book Prize.

ANTH 209: After the Soviet Union
ANTH 213: Ethnographies of Capitalism
ANTH 327/527: Socialisms and Postsocialisms
ANTH 438/638: Culture, Power, Oil
ANTH 501: Anthropology and Classical Social Theory

Soyuz Symposium 2009:

2009 Soyuz Symposium Program

Global Socialisms and Postsocialisms Symposium Poster


Recent & Featured Publications

Petrobarter: Oil, Inequality, and the Political Imagination in and after the Cold War. Current Anthropology. Forthcoming 2014


Energopolitical Russia: Corporation, State, and the Rise of Social and Cultural Projects. Anthropological Quarterly. Special Issue on Energopolitics. Forthcoming 2014.


Postsocialist Societies: Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Co-authored with Katherine Verdery. In The Handbook of Sociocultural Anthropology, edited by James G. Carrier and Deborah B. Gewertz. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.