Julian Gantt holds a B.A. with honors in history from Vassar College. Before enrolling in the CUNY Anthropology Program in 2010, he received a 2007–2008 Fulbright Grant to Azerbaijan, where his research focused on the built environment of turn-of-the-century Baku. He subsequently worked as a union organizer in Denver and New York City. He originally hails from Harrisburg, PA. He is interested in the intersection of the anthropologies of postsocialism and Islam. His research focuses on emerging debates over identity, history, and social practice in the South Caucasus.