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Heidi Bludau, PhD

Lecturer, Applied Anthropology

Career Advising Mentor

PhD, Indiana University

MEd, Texas A&M University

BA, Texas A&M University

Office: Howard Hall, Room 334

Phone: 732-571-4479


Web site: Heidi Bludau

Regularly Taught Courses:

Cultural Anthropology

Medical Anthropology

Ethnographic Methods

Applied Anthropology

Food and Culture

Research Interests:

Dr. Bludau's research focuses on the global market for healthcare workers. Her dissertation, "Searching for Respect: Czech Nurses in the Global Economy," examines the motivating and mitigating factors that create a migration flow from the Czech Republic to other countries including the UK and Saudi Arabia. This work engenders a number of research interests including medical anthropology, globalization, postsocialism and gender. Her current research expands this work to consider the different ways that nurses develop and maintain professional identity. Dr. Bludau's primary region of interest, Central and Eastern Europe, leads to additional interests in the history and anthropology of Europe and the European Union.

Professional Associations:

Membership and Public Relations Chair, Society for the Anthropology of Europe (2015-2017)

 Convener, Soyuz (Post-Communist Cultural Studies Interest Group) (2013-2015)


Selected Works:

Scholarly Articles:

2015  H. Bludau. Creating a Transnational Labor Chain between Eastern Europe and the Middle East: A case study in healthcare. InterDisciplines 6(1):95-120.

2014. H. Bludau.  The Power of Protocol: Professional identity development and governmentality in post-socialist healthcare. Special issue, "Health and Medicine: Post-socialist perspectives," Czech Sociological Review 50(6):875-896.

2011. H. Bludau. Producing Transnational Nurses: Agency and Subjectivity in Global Health Care Labor Migration Recruitment Practices. Special issue, "Health and Care Work in Postsocialist Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union," Anthropology of East Europe Review. 29(1):94-108.

2013. H. Bludau and P. Ezzeddine. Seeing Gender in Migration: An Introduction. Special issue,“Gender and Family in Migration,” Lidé Města/Urban People. 15(2):179-184. *special co-edited by Petra Ezzeddine and Heidi Bludau