The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Grit Wesser

Research Associate


I am a social anthropologist interested in history and memory; kinship and gender; feminism; the anthropology of the state; Cold War studies; ritual and personhood; and the anthropology of food. My regional focus is on Europe, especially eastern Germany and more broadly post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe.

Since December 2018, I’ve been working as Research Associate on the AHRC-funded research project “Knowing the Secret Police: Secrecy and Knowledge in East German society” (PI: Dr Anselma Gallinat). For more information, please visit our project website

Before joining Newcastle University, I was a Career Development Fellow (teaching and research) in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh from 2016-2018. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), and I have convened and taught various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Social Anthropology.

I earned my MA (Hons) in Social Anthropology and Politics (2011) and my PhD in Social Anthropology (2016) from the University of Edinburgh. In my PhD thesis, I explore the connections between kinship and politics through the locus of a secular coming-of-age ritual, commonly celebrated in eastern Germany. Thesis available here: PhD Thesis

See also: ResearchGate

·       European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)