portrait picture Hannah Myott

Hannah Myott, BA MA

sowi:docs Fellow

Contact Details

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
NIG, 4th floor
Room: C0408

T: +43-1-4277-49547
E-Mail: hannah.myott@univie.ac.at

Website: univie.academia.edu/HannahMyott

Research Focus Areas

  • Refugee "integration" policy
  • Nationalism & national identity
  • Anthropology of policy
  • Islamophobia & racism
  • Critical Whiteness Studies
  • Civilizationism
  • National populism
  • Regional focus: Central Minnesota (USA) and Vienna

Short Biography

Hannah Myott holds her BA in Anthropology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa (2013) and her MA from the CREOLE program in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna (2020). Her MA thesis examined the experiences of refugees with the various “integration” measures in Austria, and concluded that these requirements function as mechanisms of othering by repeatedly (re)producing refugees as outsiders and exacerbating existing power asymmetries.

Myott was awarded the sowi:docs Fellowship in 2021. Her doctoral project, “Identitarian Logics of Islamophobia, National Populism, and Nativism: Restrictive Refugee Policies in Austria and the United States,” builds and expands upon her previous MA research to include “native” perspectives as well as the geographic realm of the United States. This comparative project begins with the hypothesis that certain logics transcend national borders and can at least partly explain the transnational rise in support for increasingly restrictive refugee policies. To discern these logics, this project examines these questions through two case studies and include fieldwork in Central Minnesota, USA and Vienna, Austria.


  • Active member of the Refugee Outreach and Research Network (ROR-n)
  • Co-wrote (with Mina Vasileva) the academic blog post “‘The Ideal Austrian’ vs. ‘the Refugee’: The Construction of Collective Identities in the ‘Values and Orientation Courses’” for the ROR-n blog.
  • Co-presented papers on joint research with Mina Vasileva at: