Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Dr. Anna-Lena Wolf


Anna-Lena Wolf

phone: +49 345 55 24 208

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Dr. Anna-Lena Wolf


Anna-Lena Wolf is a legal anthropologist with a focus at the intersection of law and religion. She has been working as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology (with Prof. Dr. Olaf Zenker) since 2019. In her current postdoctoral research project, Anna-Lena Wolf is investigating legal change and divine agency in Catholic canon law in central institutions of the Roman Curia. From September 2023 to July 2024, Anna-Lena Wolf is conducting fieldwork in Rom as a research resident at the Istituto Svizzero. Before she came to the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Anna-Lena Wolf worked as a doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Social Anthropology (with Prof. Dr. Julia Eckert) at the University of Bern, where she did her doctorate between 2014 and 2018. In her doctoral thesis, she analyzed changing notions of justice on tea plantations in the Northeast Indian state of Assam in the context of an Indian labor law reform. Her findings were published in the Anthropology of Work Review, Anthropology and Humanism, and the Journal of Social and Cultural Anthropology. As part of her doctorate, she spent one year as a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Governance at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. Anna-Lena Wolf completed her Master in social anthropology and South Asian History with honors at the University of Heidelberg in 2012.

Research Foci

  • Legal anthropology, especially legal change, conceptualizations of justice, and juridification processes
  • Political anthropology, especially social movements, and political economies
  • Anthropology of religion, especially the anthropology of Christianity and Catholicism as well as methodological approaches to religion

Research Regions

  • India
  • Italy