Jimil Ataman

Doctoral Student


Jimil is a joint-PhD Candidate in Education, Culture and Society and Cultural Anthropology. Her dissertation project is an ethnography on the politics and practices of the Slow Fashion Movement. By following a group of makers and consumers in the Pacific Northwest and on Instagram her research examines how everyday practices, alternative models of fashion production, and online coalition are becoming a site for negotiating broader issues of ethical consumption, sustainability, anti-capitalism. Using digital and traditional ethnographic methods, her research explores the possibilities and contradictions present in attempts to transform relationships to capitalism and consumption through clothing, community, and care. Jimil’s research contributes to the ethnographic examination of the creative and complex world-making practices that emerge when people seek more ethical and more sustainable ways of living through alternative modes of buying, selling, and making clothing. You can learn more about her ethnographic project on Instagram @jimil.goes.slow 


B.A. in Anthropology & History from Lehigh University, 2014 

M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture & Society from Penn GSE, 2018

Research Interests

Feminist Ethics of Care, Anthropology of Capitalism(s), Digital Anthropology and the Politics of the Internet, Fashion and Consumer Activism(s)



Graduate Status