Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Marion Breteau is an assistant professor at the American University of Kuwait, and an associate researcher of the CEFREPA Kuwait (French Research Center in the Arabian Peninsula).
Before joining the American University of Kuwait in 2021, Dr. Breteau taught anthropology at Aix-Marseille University and at the University Technology Institute of Aix-en-Provence, France. Her areas of teaching include urban anthropology, Maghrebian and Arab-Muslim societies, ethnographic methods, fundamentals of the discipline, migration, gender studies, and communication.
While completing bachelor’s degrees both in anthropology and Arab studies at University Lyon II, France (2009), Dr. Breteau followed intensive trainings in Arabic language at Damascus University (2008), and at the Center for Arabic Language and Eastern Studies of Sanaa, Yemen (2010). She then conducted master's fieldworks in Yemen and Jordan on gender relations and symbolic representations of space (2010-2011).
Dr. Breteau received advanced level Arabic language and Omani dialect certificates from the Center for International Learning, Muscat, Oman (2013) and the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-Native Speakers, Manah, Oman (2015). She obtained her Ph.D. in cultural and social anthropology at Aix-Marseille University, France (2019). Dr. Breteau received Ph.D grants from the Ministry of Research and Higher Education, France (2013-2016), IDEMEC laboratory, Aix-en-Provence (2015), the Institut du Genre’s Scientific Group of Interest (GIS), Paris (2016), and a postdoctoral grant from the CEFREPA, Kuwait (2020).
Dr. Marion Breteau’s areas of research address the social construction of affects and intimacy, gender roles, mating and marriage, anthropology of space, urban Gulf and Middle Eastern societies, online practices and subjectivities. Dr. Breteau has been a representative of diverse research groups and associations such as the Halqa on contemporary studies in the Middle East, and EFIGIES association for gender and feminist studies.