Arpan Roy is an anthropologist researching in the Middle East. He is a Research Associate in the Program in Islamic Studies at Johns Hopkins University and is a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Center of Research in Jordan for the 2022-2023 academic year. He holds a PhD from the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins. His work is in close colloquy with themes of religion, ethics, language, psychoanalysis, and the experience of difference in the Arab world.
His upcoming book on Romani kinship in Palestine, titled Relative Strangers: Romani Kinship and Palestinian Difference, explores a model of alterity based on how memory, intergenerational transmission, and kinship work together in a way that is neither visible by obvious markers like race or religious difference, nor detectable by the antennas of the state. A second book project in progress is a co-edited multidisciplinary volume on plurality in Palestine that is the first book project of Insaniyyat—the Society of Palestinian Anthropologists.