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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Social Anthropology Members

Dr Yulia Egorova

Director of Postgraduate Studies, Department of Anthropology

(email at


I received my PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2003. My research interests include Anthropology of Jewish communities, the social aspects of science and biotechnology, and the relationship between science and religion. In recent years I completed an AHRC-funded project devoted to the Indian Jewish community of the Bene Ephraim of Andhra Pradesh, and a cluster of studies exploring the socio-cultural implications of population genetics with particular reference to South Asia. At the moment I am developing a new project on Jewish-Muslim relations in the UK. 

I am the Director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics. Please visit our web-site at 

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD research on the following topics:

  • Anthropology of Jewish communities
  • Inter-faith and inter-community dialogue
  • Anthropology of science and biotechnology

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Durham Global Security Institute

  • Contextualising Conflict

Research Projects

  • DNA Evidence? Genetic Anthropology and Historical Debate
  • The Children of Ephraim: Constructing Jewish Identity in Andhra Pradesh

Research Interests

  • Anthropology of Jewish communities
  • Anthropology of science
  • Jewish-Muslim relations


Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Egorova, Y. & Ahmed, F. (2017). The Impact of Antisemitism and Islamophobia on Jewish-Muslim Relations in the UK: Memory, Experience, Context. In Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe: A Shared Story?. Renton, J. & Gidley, B. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 283-301.
  • Egorova, Yulia (2014). Terrorists in the village? Negotiating Jewish-Muslim relations in South Asia. In Jews, Christians, Muslims: Collaboration and Conflict in the Age of Diaspora. Gilman, Sander L. Hong Kong University Press. 115-131.
  • Egorova, Yulia (2014). The Jews of India. In A History of Jewish-Muslim relations. From the Origins to the Present Day. Medded, A. & Stora, B. Princeton University Press. 999-1002.
  • Egorova, Yulia (2014). Theorizing "Jewish Genetics": DNA, Culture, and Historical Narrative. In The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Jewish Cultures. Valman, N. & Roth, L. Routledge. 353-364.
  • Egorova, Y. (2011). DNA, Authentizitat und historisches Gedachtnis. In Biohistorische Anthropologie: Knochen, Korper und DNA in Erinnerungskulturen. Sommer, M. & Kruger, G. Kadmos. 33-54.
  • Egorova, Y. (2009). Bene-Israel and Baghdadi Jews in India: Early 20th century. In Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: origins, experiences and culture. Ehrlich, A. ABC-CLIO. 3.
  • Egorova, Y. (2007). Describing the “Other”, Describing the “Self” Jews, Hindu Reformers, and Indian Nationalists. In Indo-Judaic Studies in the Twenty-First Century. Katz, N. et al. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Egorova, Y. (2004). Jewish Topics in the Press of Independent India. In Jews, Muslims and Mass Media: Mediating the ‘Other’. Parfitt, T. & Egorova, Y. London: Curzon.

Edited book

  • Parfitt, T. & Egorova, Y. (2004). Jews, Muslims and Mass Media: Mediating the ‘Other’. London: Routledge.

Journal Article