Short CV/Education and training


  • 1990 – 1995
    Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology, German literature, and Film Sciences towards the Magister Artium degree, and psychology toward a second degree (Diplom degree) at the University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1995
    Magister Artium from the University of Cologne; title of Magister thesis: 'Cultural consensus in a multi-ethnic school class? Researching cognitive networks'

  • 1999
    Doctorate at the University of Cologne

  • 2010
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) and venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of the Arts and Humanities, University of Cologne

Career experience:

  • 2000 – 2001
    Lecturer; Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne

  • 2001 – 2010
    C1 Assistant Professor; Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne

  • 2003 – 2007
    Project leader of the project C10 within the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 389

  • 2003 – 2004
    Leave of absence for the C1 position; accepted a position funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the SFB 389

  • 2010
    Offer of a professorship in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland (declined)

  • 2010 – 2011
    Private lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne

  • 2011
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the DFG

  • Since 2011
    W2 professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Hamburg, Germany

Selected publications

  • Pauli, Julia 2018 Pathways into the Middle: Rites of Passage and Emerging Middle Classes in Namibia. In: Middle Classes in Africa: Changing Lives and Conceptual Challenges. Hg. Kroeker, L., O'Kane, D., Scharrer, T. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 249-272.

  • Pauli, Julia and Franziska Bedorf 2018 Retiring Home? House Construction, Age Inscriptions, and the Building of Belonging among Mexican Migrants and their Families in Chicago and Rural Mexico. Anthropology & Aging 39 (1): 48-65.

  • Beer, Bettina, Hans Fischer and Julia Pauli (Hg.) 2017 Ethnologie. Einführung in die Erforschung kultureller Vielfalt. Berlin.

  • Pauli, Julia and Michael Schnegg 2017 Verwandtschaftsethnologie. In: Einführung in die Erforschung kultureller Vielfalt. Hg. Beer, B., H. Fischer & J. Pauli. Berlin: Reimer: 147-164

  • Pauli, Julia 2017 'Of course I can speak English more than my mother tongue!’ Sprache und Identität aufstrebender Mittelklassen im postkolonialen Namibia”. In: Form und Funktion. Festschrift für Angelika Redder zum 65. Geburtstag. Hg. Krause, A., G. Lehrmann, W. Thielmann & C. Trautmann. Tübingen: 409-421.

  • Pauli, Julia 2017 The Key to Fertility: Generation, Reproduction and Class Formation in a Namibian Community. In: Fertility, Conjuncture, Difference. Anthropological Approaches to the Heterogeneity of Modern Fertility Declines. Hg. Kreager, P. & A. Bochow. Oxford: Berghahn: 43-71

  • Pauli, Julia and Francois Dawids 2017 The Struggle for Marriage: Elite and Non-Elite Weddings in Rural Namibia. Anthropology Southern Africa 40 (1): 15-28.

  • Pauli, Julia and Rijk van Dijk 2016 Marriage as an End or the End of Marriage? Change and Continuity in Southern African Marriages. Anthropology Southern Africa 39 (4): 257-266.

  • Pauli, Julia 2016 African Marriages in Transformation: Anthropological Insights. In: Introduction to Gender Studies in Eastern and Southern Africa. Etim, James (ed.). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers: 95-114.

  • Pauli, Julia and Franziska Bedorf 2016 From Ultiomogenitur to Senior Club. Negotiating Certainties and Uncertainties of Growing Older between Rural Mexiko and Urban Chicago. In: Migration, Networks, Skills. Anthropological Perspectives on Mobility and Transformation. Wonneberger, Astrid, Mijal Gandelsman-Trier und Hauke Dorsch (eds.). Bielefeld: Transcript: 47-66.

  • Pauli, Julia 2013 'Sharing Made Us Sisters': Sisterhood, Migration and Household Dynamics in Mexico and Namibia. In The Anthropology of Sibling Relations. E. Alber, C. Coe und T. Thelen (Hrsg.) S. 29-50. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Pauli, Julia 2012 Creating Illegitimacy: Negotiating Relations and Reproduction within Christian Contexts in Northwest Namibia. Journal of Religion in Africa 4:408-432.

  • Pauli, Julia 2011 Celebrating Distinctions: Common and Conspicuous Weddings in Rural Namibia. Ethnology 50(2):153-167.

  • Pauli, Julia 2008 A House of One's Own: Gender, Migration and Residence in Rural Mexico. American Ethnologist 35(1):171-187.

  • Pauli, Julia und Michael Schnegg 2007 Mapping a Conflict in Cyberspace: Chiapas in the WWW. In The Practice of War. Production, Reproduction and Communication of Armed Violence. A. Rao, M. Bollig und M. Böck (Hrsg.) S. 305-321. New York and Oxford: Berghahn.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Principal investigator of the project 'Exceptionally normal: Marriage transformations in Namibia' funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2015-2017

  • Principal investigator of the project 'Age(ing) in transnational spaces: (Re-)migration processes between Mexico and the USA' (together with Michael Schnegg), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2010-2013

  • Principal Investigator within the Regional Cluster of Excellence 'Linguistic Diversity Management in Urban Areas (LIMA)', 2012 – 2013

  • Comparative study on marriage and kinship in Southern Africa (Heisenberg Fellowship, DFG), 02/2011 – 09/2011

  • Principal investigator of the project C10 'Demographic, economic and social transformations in a multiethnic region in Northern Namibia' within the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 389; funding by the DGF, 2003 – 2007;

  • Funding from the Jutta Vogel Foundation, for research on the project 'Family histories in Fransfontein, Namibia' (with Michael Schnegg), 2006

  • DFG funding for the international conference 'Networks, Ethnography and Social Theory. In Memoriam Thomas Schweizer' University of Cologne, 9-12 July 2000 (with M. Bollig, H. Lang and M. Schnegg), 2000

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists), since 2006

  • Member of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers, since 2006

  • Member of the German Anthropological Association (DGV), since 1993

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

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