Andrew Shryock is a cultural anthropologist. He has done ethnographic fieldwork in Yemen, Jordan, and among Arab and Muslim communities in Detroit. His research in the Middle East centers on nationalism, historicity, oral tradition, tribe-state relations, and modernity (both its cultural politics and its alternative forms). His work in North America focuses on ethnicity, mass mediated culture, diaspora, community formation, and identity politics. Shryock is active in public cultural work, especially documentary films, museum exhibitions, and collaborative, community-based research and writing projects. Recently, he has given much of his attention to the moral and political dimensions of hospitality. He is also interested in developing new ways to write about the ancient past, human and pre-human, an agenda that calls for a rethinking of the relationship between anthropology, history, and the natural sciences. Since 2006, Shryock has edited the journal Comparative Studies in Society and History.