International Metropolis Conference Plenary speakers

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Andrew Gardner

Professor of Anthropology

University of Puget Sound in Tacoma


Andrew Gardner is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. A sociocultural anthropologist and ethnographer by training, for the past two decades Andrew’s fieldwork has been focused on the places, peoples and societies that interact in the petroleum-rich states of the Arabian peninsula. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Qatar, South Asia, and between 2008 and 2010 he also served as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Qatar University. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, he is the author of City of Strangers: Gulf Migration and the Indian Community in Bahrain (Cornell, 2010), which explores the experiences of Indian transnational migrants in Bahrain and the society that hosts them. His current scholarly pursuits explore the juncture between transnational migration, urbanization, and urban planning in Doha, Qatar.