Heath Cabot

Mary Seeger O'Boyle Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2010-2011

  • Degree
    Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010
    Translating Law and Lives: Asylum and Legal Aid in Athens
    Research Project
    The Lacunic City: Athens, Asylum, and the New Nation

Heath Cabot completed her B.A. (2001) in Religion and the Humanities at the University of Chicago and received her M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2010) in Socio-cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her doctoral research, which included twenty months of intensive ethnographic fieldwork in Greece, examined asylum seeking and legal aid practices in Athens.  Her dissertation examined dilemmas of political belonging, legal classification, and ethical decision-making at an NGO that provides legal counsel to asylum seekers in Athens. Her areas of academic interest and expertise include migration, asylum, and humanitarian ethics in Greece and the European Union; the anthropology of organizations, NGOs, and cultures of advocacy; language, narrative, and translation; and urban memory.


  • On the Doorstep of Europe: Asylum and Citizenship in Greece
    University of Pennsylvania Press,

Previous Roles

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    2010 - 2011