Gregory Gan is an anthropologist and filmmaker who was born in Moscow, and who has lived in several countries before settling in Canada (for now). His past and current research covers the themes of transnationalism, visual anthropology, material culture, new religious movements, gender and postsocialism, and the Russian intelligentsia. He positions himself as a visual anthropologist theoretically aligned with the new mobilities paradigm. Gregory is currently pursuing his PhD fieldwork on the topic of Russian emigration using multi-sited research methods.
Gregory has made several ethnographic and documentary films. His first ethnographic feature was produced in conjunction with his Master's thesis and was titled "Turning Back the Waves" (2009, 96 min.). This film is based on the life histories of women of the Russian intelligentsia in Moscow. His second feature film, "The Theory of Happiness" (2014, 82 min.), is based on his experience as a participant observer in a radical Ukrainian sect trying to discover happiness through mathematical formulas. The film received its world premiere at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in April, 2014, and was nominated for Best Canadian Documentary. As part of his Ph.D. research, Gregory is currently producing his third ethnographic film on the topic of Russian emigration to Paris, Berlin and New York, tentatively titled "The World in a Suitcase."
Gregory has an Hon. Bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and a Master's degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he was made Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies (Prof. Sharon Roseman, supervisor). He is currently working at the Dept. of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Dr. Alexia Bloch, and his committee members include Dr. Pat Moore and Dr. Leslie Robertson.