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Sam Dinger

New Part-time Faculty

B.A., International Politics and Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 2011
M.A., Sociology, New York University, 2018

Sam Dinger is an ethnographer, translator, and PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at NYU. His research brings together theories and questions from urban sociology, Middle Eastern studies, and the anthropology of ethics to explore how the symbolic and embodied violence of war and exile have transformed masculine identities, ethical sensibilities, and future aspirations among young Syrian men living in Lebanon. His dissertation uses ethnographic methods and biographical interviews to analyze how relationships based in circulation of and debt, participation in Islamic practices and rituals, and cohabitation in improvised domestic spaces generate relations of reciprocal obligation, care, and dependency between male peers that draw on and reconfigure salient religious and class-based notions of acceptability, responsibility, and virtue. His work has received fellowship support from the Orient-Institut Beirut and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Teaching and Research Interests

ethnographic methods; masculinity; ethics; labor; displacement and exile; humanitarianism; Lebanon and Syria; phenomenology; critical social theory; urban studies; Arabic language and literature

Sam Dinger