• Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Presentations
Ursula Dalinghaus Portrait

Ursula M. Dalinghaus

Visiting Professor of Anthropology

[email protected]
Office: East 210

Basic Information


  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute for Money, Technology, & Financial Inclusion | University of California, Irvine
  • Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology | University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • B.A. Anthropology and German | Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Courses Taught

  • ANT 110 The Human Experience: How To Think Anthropologically
  • ANT 200/300 Departmental Studies: Anthropology of Money
  • ANT 215 Ethnographic Field Methods
  • ANT 224 Gender, Sex & Sexuality: Cross-Cultural Views
  • ANT 300 Advanced Departmental Studies: Ethnography in Extreme Spaces
  • ANT 300 Advanced Departmental Studies: Your Money or Your Life? Global Perspectives on Credit and Debt
  • ANT 314 Religion, Magic, & Witchcraft
  • ANT 398 Independent Study Money, Disability, and Design
  • ANT 498 Independent Study Anthropology of Finance
  • ANT 502 Seminar in Anthropological Method and Theory
  • CTL 210 Exploring Cultural Encounters

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, DAAD Sponsored International Graduate Network, “Deutschland und das neue Europa im Zeitalter der Entgrenzungen,” Mitteleuropa Zentrum (MeZ), Technische Universität, Dresden, Germany. (September-December 2009; November-December 2010)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota Graduate School (2008)
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, Cultural Anthropology (2008)


  • Tankha, Mrinalini, and Ursula Dalinghaus (2020) “Mapping the Intermediate: Lived Technologies of Money and Value.” Journal of Cultural Economy 13(4): 345–52.
  • Dalinghaus, Ursula (2019) "Virtually Irreplaceable: Cash as Public Infrastructure." White Paper. Cash Matters/International Currency Association and The Institute for Money, Technology, & Financial Inclusion.
  • Dalinghaus, Ursula (2017) Between Memorialization and Monetary Re-Valuation: The 1990 Currency Union as a Site of Post-Unification Memory Work. Money in the German-Speaking Lands, Mary Lindemann and Jared C. Poley (eds.) Spektrum Series. New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 283-302.
  • Dalinghaus, Ursula (2017) A Question of Value(s): Money, Currency Unions and the Re-Making of Post-Unification Identities. Deutschland seit 1990: Perspektiven auf die Vereinigungsgesellschaft. Thomas Großbölting and Christoph Lorke (eds.). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, pp. 161-184
  • Dalinghaus, Ursula (2017) “Keeping Cash: Assessing the Arguments about Cash and Crime.” White Paper. Cash Matters/International Currency Association and The Institute for Money, Technology, & Financial Inclusion.
  • Rea, Stephen C., Ursula Dalinghaus, Taylor Nelms, and Bill Maurer (2016) Riding the Rails of Mobile Payments: Financial Inclusion, Mobile Phones, and Infrastructure. In The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, Anne Galloway and Genevieve Bell, (eds.) New York: Routledge.
  • Dalinghaus, Ursula (2016) Review of History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece, by Daniel M. Knight. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. American Anthropologist (118) 4 pp. 920-921
  • Dalinghaus, Ursula (2016) Review of Gambling Debt: Iceland’s Rise and Fall in the Global Economy, by E. Paul Durrenberger and Gisli Palsson (eds.) Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2014. American Ethnologist (43) 4 pp. 763-764
  • Dalinghaus, Ursula (2015) Modeling the Economy with Words, Review of Economy of Words: Communicative Imperatives in Central Banks, Douglas Holmes (Chicago 2014). Current Anthropology (56) 2 pp. 293-294

Areas of Interest

  • Money
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Sovereignty
  • Memory
  • Europe
  • Postsocialism
  • Applied and Public Anthropology

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Ethnological Society
  • Society for Cultural Anthropology
  • Society for the Anthropology of Europe
  • Society for Economic Anthropology
  • Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics
  • German Studies Association


  • “Whose Convenience? Cash, Central Banks, and the Politics of Payment.” Society for Economic Anthropology Virtual Conference: “Convenience as a Driver of Social Economies.” Hosted by University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana. April 30, 2020.
  • Invited roundtable presenter, “Will virtual currencies influence the role of money as a means of community belonging and identity?” 2019 Winter School in EU Money Law, Business and Law Department, University of Siena, Italy, December 11, 2019.
  • “A Substitute without Substitute: Cash Money and the Politics of Payment.” For panel, Different but not Different: Ethnographies of Substitution, at American Anthropological Association Meetings, Vancouver, Canada, Nov 21, 2019.
  • Invited speaker for panel at IMTC World 2018. Industry Conference on Money Transfer, Remittances & Cross-Border Payments, Miami Beach, Florida, Nov 15, 2018.
  • “When you lose the Cold War, you still have to be killed: Monetary exception and problems of accountability in post-wall EU Germany.” For panel, States of Exception: Policy and Politics in Exceptional Times, at American Anthropological Association Meetings, San Jose, CA., Nov 18, 2018.