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Anne-Marie Kramer

Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences



Anne-Marie joined the School in August 2011.

After an MA in Women's Studies at the University of York she worked as an English language teacher in Poland for two years, moving on to the University of Warwick to complete her PhD on Polish abortion debate in Women and Gender Studies. From 2003 she worked as a Lecturer in Gender Studies within the Sociology Department at Warwick and held two Postdoctoral Fellowships, also at Warwick. She was awarded an Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (2004-6) on the theme 'A new Poland for a new Europe? Polish abortion debate, gender and postcommunist transformation' in order to continue her research into reproductive politics in Poland.

Her most recent research project focuses on the current 'boom' in genealogy in the UK. In 2008-10 she held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship on 'The Cultural Status of Genealogy' and continues to research and publish on the meaning and significance of genealogy in personal, family and national life. This research has featured widely in the national and international media. Public engagement has included a stint on Radio 4's Thinking Allowed (19/05/2010), a feature on her research in the Guardian (05/07/2010) and live appearances on international, national and local radio stations, including the BBC. She has also been an invited speaker at the Goethe Institute in Krakow, Poland (November 2008).

Research Summary

Anne-Marie's research interests are broadly located in the sociology of personal life and the family, gender, identity and memory.

Her current research explores the meaning and consequences of the current boom in genealogy in the UK for the individuals undertaking it, their families, and British society more broadly. She has recently completed a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in this area, focussing on four related areas: genealogy and personal life; genealogy in the media; genealogy and the archive; and genetic genealogy. This is currently being written up as a book, 'Kinship and Genealogy', for Palgrave Macmillan as well as in peer-reviewed journal articles. Her previous ESRC-funded doctoral and postdoctoral research has analysed the impact of contemporary Polish debate around reproductive politics on Polish national identity and democratisation, as well as exploring the role medical professionals play in regulating access to abortion in Poland.

Selected Publications

Future Research

Future projects include developing a research proposal on genetic genealogy and a further book from the Leverhulme project on 'Genealogy and the Archive'.

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