CERS graduate alumnus profile of Samuel Weeks, PhD 2018, Department of Anthropology.
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Dr. Samuel Weeks specializes in economic and political anthropology, with a focus on finance and banking. He holds an A.B. from Colby College, an M.A. from the University of Lisbon, and a Ph.D. from UCLA. Dr. Weeks was an affiliated researcher at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris during 2017-18. His research has been featured in Deleuze and Guattari Studies, Review of Radical Political Economics, and Dialectical Anthropology, among other journals. From 2006 until 2008, he was a U.S. Peace Corps community development volunteer in Cape Verde.
With generous support from CERS, the UCLA International Institute, and the Fulbright/IIE U.S. Student Program, Dr. Weeks was a visiting researcher at the University of Luxembourg during 2015-16. The study he completed in Luxembourg draws from Michel Foucault’s concept of “governmentality” to show how the country’s banking-secrecy laws and political consensus have led to the dramatic growth of its offshore financial center since the 1960s. His research contributes to debates on offshore finance by detailing the views of the professionals who enable these markets in the first place, as well as by presenting a model – “offshore governmentality” – that can be used to analyze how the world’s 80-plus “tax havens” have developed financial centers similar to Luxembourg’s.
Dr. Weeks received a CERS Dissertation Research Fellowship in Summer 2017 for a project on "Secrecy and Consensus: The Governmentality of an Offshore Financial Center in Europe."
CERS GRADUATE ALUMNI PROFILES
A series of articles in which CERS alumni share news about their research, scholarship, professional goals and community projects after graduating from UCLA and discuss how their careers have been influenced by European and Russian Studies.
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Published: Tuesday, November 3, 2020