Bruce O'Neill accepts tenure-track offer from Saint Louis University


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Bruce O'Neill has accepted a tenure-track offer from Saint Louis University as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.

Bruce’s dissertation, titled "Cast Aside: Boredom and Homelessness in Post-Communist Bucharest, Romania”, centers on a 30-month ethnographic study of boredom in post-Communist Romania. Based on fieldwork with Bucharest’s new homeless population, his dissertation investigates downward mobility and the experience of being cast aside in an era of radical economic crisis. Bruce is also interested in the politics behind the production of new urban spaces to accommodate Romania’s growing homeless population. This includes research on formal institutions like homeless shelters and day centers as well as informal spaces such as squatter camps and black markets. Bruce’s broader research interests include the Anthropologies of the City, Work, Governance, Infrastructure, Photo-Ethnography, Consumption and Post-Socialism.

Before coming to Stanford, Bruce earned a master's degree in Contemporary Urbanism from the London School of Economics and served as an Urban Fellow at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Bruce earned his bachelor's degree in Philosophy and in Sociology from Villanova University.