Rebecca Bryant is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University and an anthropologist of politics and law. Her work has focused on ethnic conflict and displacement, bordering, post-conflict reconciliation, and contested sovereignty on both sides of the Cyprus Green Line and in Turkey. Through those subjects, she investigates the state and sovereignty, with a special focus on temporality, historicities, and the future. Her most recent book publications include Sovereignty Suspended: Building the So-Called State (co-authored with Mete Hatay), published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2020, and The Anthropology of the Future (co-authored with Daniel M. Knight), published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. She is co-editor with Madeleine Reeves of the forthcoming The Everyday Lives of Sovereignty: Political Imagination Beyond the State (Cornell University Press, 2021).
Bryant has held teaching and research positions at the London School of Economics, George Mason University, and the American University in Cairo. She has also taught as a Fulbright fellow at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and as a visiting professor at Middle East Technical University's Cyprus campus. Her work has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust in the U.K., and in the U.S. by four Fulbrights, two grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and grants and fellowships from the United States Institute of Peace, the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Academy of Education (U.S.), among others. In 2002-3, she was a Fellow of the Cornell University Society of Fellows, and in 2005-6 a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.