Krohn-Hansen has done fieldwork in the Dominican Republic, the United States, and Colombia, and his research interests are centred upon understanding forms of power and violence, contemporary political and economic life, processes of migration, commerce and labour, forms of masculinity, and history. He is currently working on a book on Santo Domingo's popular economy.
Krohn-Hansen was from 2013 to 2017 part of the collective project Anthropos and the Material: Challenges to Anthropology (funded by the Research Council of Norway) -- and from 2011 to 2014 the Department's Vice Chair and Head of the doctoral program, and member of the steering committee of the interdisciplinary research area LEVE. He is member of the advisory board of Ethnos, and was from 2008 to 2012 co-editor of Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift (The Journal of the Norwegian Association of Social Anthropologists). He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Chicago (in 2015-2016); at the University of Michigan (in 2005); at Queens College, City University of New York (in 2002); and at Johns Hopkins University (in 1994).
Thematic: Power and violence, social hierarchies, anthropology and history, urban ethnography, politics, the state, economic life, globalization, migration, ideas about race
Regional: Caribbean studies, Latin America, The Dominican Republic, New York
2019 Anthropos and the Material, co-edited with Penny Harvey and Knut G. Nustad. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
2018 Dislocating Labour: Anthropological Reconfigurations, co-edited with Penny Harvey. Special Issue of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Volume 24, S1, 2018 (also available as a stand alone book from Wiley here ).
2013 Making New York Dominican: Small Business, Politics, and Everyday Life. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
2009 Political Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan.
2005 State Formation: Anthropological Perspectives, co-edited with Knut G. Nustad. London: Pluto Press.
2001 Det vanskelige voldsbegrepet. Politisk liv i Den dominikanske republikk og andre steder (“The Difficult Concept of Violence: Political Life in the Dominican Republic and Other Locations” - a book in Norwegian on the anthropology of political life). Oslo: Pax Forlag A/S.
Selected articles and book chapters
2019 "Introduction", co-authored with Penny Harvey and Knut G. Nustad, in Anthropos and the Material, co-edited with Harvey and Nustad. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
2019 "Contemporary Capitalism and Dominican New Yorkers' Livery-Cab Bases: A Taxi Story", in Anthropos and the Material, co-edited with Penny Harvey and Knut G. Nustad. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
2018 "Introduction. Dislocating Labour: Anthropological Reconfigurations", co-authored with Penny Harvey, in Dislocating Labour: Anthropological Reconfigurations, co-edited with Harvey, pp. 10-28. Special Issue of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Volume 24, S1, 2018 (also available as a stand alone book from Wiley here )
2018 "State against Industry: Time and Labour among Dominican Furniture Makers", in Dislocating Labour: Anthropological Reconfigurations, co-edited with Penny Harvey, pp. 180-197. Special Issue of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Volume 24, S1, 2018 (also available as a stand alone book from Wiley here )
2016 "The Dominican Colmado from Santo Domingo to New York", in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History (latinamericanhistory.oxfordre.com/), edited by William Beezley. New York: Oxford University Press.
2015 "Political Anthropology", in International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition, edited by James D. Wright. Oxford: Elsevier Ltd.
2008 REPRINT / TRANSLATION “La masculinidad y lo político entre los dominicanos: ‘El tigre dominicano’”, in Marit Melhuus and Kristi Anne Stølen (eds.) Machos, putas, santas: El poder del imaginario de género en América Latina, pp.11-133. Buenos Aires: Editorial Antropofagia. (Spanish translation of “Masculinity and the Political among Dominicans: ‘The Dominican Tiger’”, 1996)
2007 “The Understanding of Migration and the Discourse of Nationalism: Dominicans in New York City”, in Holding Worlds Together: Ethnographies of Knowing and Belonging, edited by Marianne Lien and Marit Melhuus, pp. 77-102. Oxford: Berghahn Books
2005 “Introduction”, co-authored with Knut Nustad, in State Formation: Anthropological Perspectives, co-edited with Nustad, pp. 3-26. London: Pluto Press
2005 “Negotiated Dictatorship: The Building of the Trujillo State in the Southwestern Dominican Republic”, in State Formation: Anthropological Perspectives, co-edited with Nustad, pp. 96-122. London: Pluto Press
2005 “Dominikanere i New York og forståelsen av migrasjon” (“Dominicans in New York and the Understanding of Migration”), Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift (The Journal of the Norwegian Association of Social Anthropologists), 16 (2-3): 75-84
2003 “Into Our Time: The Anthropology of Political Life in the Era of Globalization”, Globalisation. Studies in Anthropology, edited by Thomas Hylland Eriksen, pp. 78–98. London: Pluto Press
2002 “Den hegemoniske norske tenkningen om ‘oss’ og ‘de andre’. En lesning av to bøker fra Maktutredningen” (”Hegemonic Norwegian Notions of ’Us’ and ’Them’. A reading of two books from the Report on Power and Democracy in Norway.”) Agora: Journal for Metafysisk Spekulasjon (Agora: Journal of Metaphysical Speculation), 20 (3/4): 176–192
2001 "A Tomb for Columbus in Santo Domingo: Political Cosmology, Population, and Racial Frontiers", Social Anthropology, 9 (2):165–192
2000 "Makt og symbolske former: perspektiver på politikk" (“Power and Symbolic Forms: Perspectives on Politics”), chapter on political anthropology, co-authored with Halvard Vike, in: Olaf Smedal and Finn Sivert Nielsen (eds.) Mellom Himmel og Jord: Tradisjon, Tendenser og Teorier i Sosialantropologien (“Between Heaven and Earth: Tradition, Tendencies and Theories in Social Anthropology” - an introductory book on anthropology), pp. 307–343. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget
1997 "The Construction of Dominican State Power and Symbolisms of Violence", Ethnos, 62 (3-4): 49–78
1997 "The Anthropology and Ethnography of Political Violence", Review Essay, Journal of Peace Research, 34 (2): 233–240
1996 "Masculinity and the Political among Dominicans: 'The Dominican Tiger'", in M. Melhuus and K.A. Stølen (eds.) Machos, Mistresses, Madonnas. Contesting the Power of Latin American Gender Imagery, pp. 108–133. London: Verso
1995 "Magic, Money and Alterity among Dominicans", Social Anthropology, volume 3 (2): 129–146
1995 "Resistance vs. Self-Inflicted Bonds vs. Tacit Understandings: Or an Essay on Legitimacy and Political Practice in Light of Bread and Circuses and Weapons of the Weak," Dialectical Anthropology, volume 20 (1): 71–94
1994 "The Anthropology of Violent Interaction", The Journal of Anthropological Research, volume 50 (4): 367–381