Olga Sooudi is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She is a member of the AISSR Moving Matters Research Group. She is also a member of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) Academic Committee. In 2011-2013, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies.
PhD: Anthropology, Yale University; MPhil: Anthropology, Yale University; BA: Literature and French Studies, Duke University.
Sooudi's research interests are in art markets, creative labor, and globalization, especially in Asian contexts, and she has conducted fieldwork in Mumbai, Tokyo, and New York City. Her research focuses on how the production and circulation of art are shaped by the market and on artistic labor. Her ongoing writing on the Mumbai art ecosystem examines marketization’s impacts since the 2000s onwards on the production and circulation of fine art, transformations in art infrastructure, as well as market influences on artists and artistic careers and how artists negotiate these. She is also the author of Japanese New York: Migrant artists and self-reinvention on the world stage (2014), an ethnographic study of Japanese artists and the links between migration, creative work, and self-reinvention.
I am interested in supervising students with research interests in art, material culture, value, art markets, cultural production, and creative labor.
In addition to masters supervision, I currently co-supervise the following PhD students: