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Zsuzsa Gille is Associate Professor of Sociology at theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is author of From the Cultof Waste to the Trash Heap of History: The Politics of Waste in Socialist andPostsocialist Hungary (Indiana UniversityPress 2007—recipient of honorable mention of the AAASS Davis Prize), co-editorof Post-Communist Nostalgia with Maria Todorova (Berghahn Press 2010),and co-author of GlobalEthnography: Forces, Connections and Imaginations in a Postmodern World(University of California Press, 2000).She was the special guest editor of Slavic Review’s thematic cluster onNature, Culture, Power (2009). She has published on issues of qualitativemethodology as it relates to globalization and new concepts of space, onenvironmental politics and on the sociology of food. 


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz. 1999.

Honors & Awards

  • BOOK AWARD: 2008. American Association for the Study of Slavic Societies (Predecessor of ASEEES). Davis Prize, honorable mention for From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History: The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary.
  • Evaluated as excellent teacher in Spring 2000 and Fall 2000, Fall 2002, Spring 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2010, Spring 2011 (UIUC).



  • SOC 596 Nature and Technology from Transnational Perspective
  • SOC 582 Global Ethnographies: A Graduate Study in Local-Global Relations
  • SOC 501 Contemporary Theory: Power, Culture and Subjectivity
  • SOC 522 Recent Developments in the Study of Postsocialism
  • SOC 447 Environmental Sociology: Nature, Culture, Power
  • SOC 480 Fieldwork Methods: Consuming Observations
  • SOC 366 Postsocialism: Economy, Culture and Power in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
  • SOC 496ZG Identity, Culture, and Citizenship in the New European Union
  • SOC 396 Globalization From Below

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Research Output 1997 2020

The Socialist Good Life: Desire, Development, and Standards of Living in Eastern Europe

Scarboro, C., Mincytė, D. & Gille, Z., Jun 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) Indiana University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

standard of living
Eastern Europe
socialist state
consumption behavior
ethnic identity

Introduction: From comparison to relationality

Gille, Z., Jan 1 2017, In : Slavic Review. 76, 2, p. 285-290 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate


Introduction to the special section: Discourses of economic behaviour in times of instability

Gille, Z. & Hájek, M., Jan 1 2017, In : Sociologicky Casopis. 53, 6, p. 799-803 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

economic behavior

Paprika, Foie Gras, and Red Mud: The Politics of Materiality in the European Union

Gille, Z., Jan 1 2016, Indiana University Press. 180 p. (Global Research Studies)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

foie gras

Activities 2009 2013

  • 8 Invited talk
  • 2 Editorial activity
  • 1 Membership of board
  • 1 Membership of committee

Slavic Review (Journal)

Zsuzsa Gille (Editor)

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Consuming Europe: The Politics Of Food In Postsocialist Hungary

Zsuzsa Gille (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

What is Red in Hungary’s 2010 Red Mud Spill?

Zsuzsa Gille (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk