Professor Gille was born in Hungary and lived there until 1988.REEEC would like to welcome Dr. Zsuzsa Gille who will be the interim director during Professor Cooper’s sabbatical. Professor Gille received her PhD from the University of California- Santa Cruz in 1999 and is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois. She is not only affiliated with REEEC, but also the department of Geography and two other Title VI centers, the Global Studies Center, and the European Union Center.
Previously, she served on the REEEC Executive Committee, and helped organize a number of REEEC-sponsored events: EUtopia: Englargement and the Politics of European Identity in 2003; Post-Communist Nostalgia in 2006; New Postsocialist Ontologies and Politics (Annual Soyuz Symposium in 2013. She has also served on the Board of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) between 2011-2013. Her work focuses on environmental and food policy issues in postsocialist countries, and the politics of identity in the European Union.
Professor Gille has been evaluated as an excellent teacher in most of her courses at the University of Illinois and received a Davis Prize honorable mention in 2008 for her book, From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History: The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary. She is responsible for an extensive body of work spanning materiality, sociology of consumption and waste, and environmental sociology. Her ethnographic work on Hungary strives to tie everyday experiences to larger global transformations. She has also co-edited a book with Illinois’ Dr. Maria Todorova on the post-communist nostalgia. Her next book, entitled Of Paprika, Foie Gras, and Red Mud: The Politics of Materiality in the European Union is forthcoming in Indiana University Press’ “Framing the Global” Series.
The REEEC community is pleased and honored to welcome her this spring semester.