Affiliated Institutions

The Ohio State University

My research examines the politics of genetics in South Africa in relation to race, religion, and citizenship.

Areas of Research

Genetics, Race, Citizenship


Tamarkin, Noah. “Religion as Race, Recognition as Democracy: Lemba ‘Black Jews’ in South Africa.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 637 (2011): 148-164.

Tamarkin, Noah and Rachel Giraudo. “African Indigenous Citizenship.” In The Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies, edited by Engin F. Isin and Peter Nyers. New York: Routledge, 2014.


South Africa

Jewish Blood, African Bones: The Afterlives of Genetic Ancestry

Book Manuscript

South Africa

Juridical Genetics

Research project in progress. Examines the increasing use of DNA forensics in everyday policing and legal matters.