Ellen Kladky

Postdoctoral Research Associate
214 Aaron Burr Hall

Ellen Garnett Kladky is a cultural anthropologist of political economy, racial capitalism, and kinship. Her research considers the way that large-scale economic changes, like the explosion of consumer debt, come to reshape social class, racial formations, and family life. Ellen’s current book project, I Owe My Soul: The New Economy of Class and Whiteness in Appalachia, investigates the growing Christian debt refusal movement in West Virginia in order to develop a schema for understanding the racialized class positions created by consumer debt. The book provides a means of theorizing growing white economic precarity and downward mobility without ignoring persistent and ever-transforming structures of white economic privilege. At Princeton, Ellen is working with Carolyn Rouse on the Concepts in Dynamic Assemblages project. Before coming to Princeton, she received her PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. Ellen has also previously worked with the Filene Research Institute on projects aimed at preventing financial misinformation, improving equity in financial technology, and countering predatory lending. Her research has been funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation and the Society for Economic Anthropology.