Sarah E. Wagner

Sarah E. Wagner

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Address: Hortense Amsterdam House 301
Phone: 202-994-7545


War and memory; nationalism; biotechnology and the identification of missing persons; post-conflict social reconstruction; forced migration and diaspora; Bosnia and Herzegovina; US military culture.


Ph.D. 2006, Harvard University
M.A.L.D. 2002, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
B.A. 1994, Dartmouth College



2014  Nettelfield, L.J., and S. Wagner. Srebenica in the Aftermath of Genocide. Cambridge University Press.

2008  Wagner, S. To Know Where He Lies: DNA Technology and the Search for Srebrenica’s Missing. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

2014  Wagner, S. “A curious trade: The recovery and repatriation of Vietnam MIAs,” Comparative Studies in Society and History  (forthcoming).

2014  Wagner, S. “The social complexities of commingled remains.” In B. Adams and J. Byrd, eds., Commingled Human Remains: Methods in Recovery, Analysis and Identification (Elsevier, forthcoming).

2014  Wagner, S. “The quandaries of partial and commingled remains: Srebrenica’s missing and Korean War casualties compared.” In F. Ferrándiz and A. Robben, eds. Down to Earth: Exhumations in the Contemporary World (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming).

2013  Wagner, S. “The making and unmaking of an Unknown Soldier,” Social Studies of Science 43 (5): 631-656.

2010  Wagner, S. “Identifying Srebrenica’s missing: The ‘shaky balance’ of universalism and particularism.” In A. Hinton, ed., Transitional Justice: Global Mechanisms and Local Realities after Genocide and Mass Violence. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

2010  Wagner, S. “Tabulating loss, entombing memory: The Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Centre.” In E. Anderson, A. Maddrell, K. McLoughlin, and A. Vincent, eds., Memory, Mourning, Landscape. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

2010  Wagner, S. Response to “Deleuze and an Anthropology of Becoming,” by João Biehl and Peter Locke, Current Anthropology 51(3): 344-45.

2009  Wagner, S., and C. Quintyn. “Dismantling a national icon: Genetic testing and the Tomb of the Unknowns,” Anthropology News 50(5), May.

2007  Wagner, S., and L. Smith. “DNA identification: Checking expectations of truth and justice,” Anthropology News, 48(5): 35.

Classes Taught

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Anth 1002 (old 003) Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Anth 2008 (198): Foundations of Anthropology
Anth 3531 (117): Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology
Anth 6391 (251): Topics: War and Memory
Anth 6531: Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology