Maria Lassak

Maria Lassak

Maria Lassak

Project Fellow
Transcultural Studies
Büro 52-6036
9000 St Gallen
Fields of research
  • Migration and "Integration"
  • Citizenship
  • Affects and Emotions
  • Inequality
  • Anthropology of the state
Further fields of research Bureaucracy

since 01/2021 PhD in Transcultural Studies, University of St. Gallen
Working title: ""We expect them to do more than just order a passport." - Dimensions of affective citizenship in the Swiss naturalisation process."

10/2016 - 03/2020 Master´s programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology , University of Cologne, diploma: Master of Arts
Topic of Master´s thesis: „ Unconditional Cash Transfer als staatliches Instrument der Armutslinderung in Tansania, am Beispiel des Bezirks Kilomero, Südwest Tansania“

10/2012 - 07/2015 Bachelor´s programme in Cultural Anthropology , Goethe University Frankfurt,     diploma: Bachelor of Arts



PhD as part of the research project "Moralisations of Inequality" (MOI) -


"Why is our wife not living with you?" Suspicion and "Intimate Exposure" in the Swiss naturalisation process. - SAGS Conference (14./15.09.2023) 

Additional Information


Lassak, Maria (2020): Unconditional Cash Transfer als staatliches Instrument der Armutslinderung in Tansania am Beispiel des Bezirks Kilombero, Südwest-Tansania. Kölner ethnologische Beiträge, 56. Edited by Michael J. Casimir. (Available at )  

Lassak, Maria and Schmidt, Mario (2023). "Free money's ideological nature: A comparative analysis of unconditional cash transfer in Eastern Africa." Economic Anthropology 1-11. DOI: 10.1002/sea2.12293