James V. Wertsch

Washington University in St. Louis
Psychologist; Social anthropologist; Educator; Academic administrator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Anthropology and Archaeology


James V. Wertsch, Ph.D., is the David R. Francis Distinguished Professor and Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. He studies national narratives, identity, and memory with a special emphasis on Russia, Estonia, and Georgia, but his research is also motivated by a broader set of concerns about the nature of collective memory in general. In previous writings he has drawn on the ideas of L.S. Vygotsky, M.M. Bakhtin, and others in order to examine problems of language and thought from a sociocultural perspective. Some of his publications include "Voices of the Mind: Sociocultural Approach to Mediated Action," "Voices of collective remembering," "Enough! The Rose Revolution in the Republic of Georgia in 2003," "The Cambridge Companion to Vygotsky," and "Memory in mind and culture."

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