Rita Sanders is a social and cultural anthropologist. From 2015 to 2019, she worked at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne and as Senior Researcher at the Global South Studies Center Cologne. In her project on the Russian Exclave of Kaliningrad she investigated the dynamics of migration, drawing boundaries, identifications, and materiality. From 2009 to 2012, she was a research assistant at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zurich. From 2006 to 2009, she worked at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle and received her PhD from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in 2011. In her book Staying at Home, Identities, Memories and Social Networks of Kazakhstani Germans she explored the interplay of local and translocal networks with ethnically defined identities in a region characterized by outmigration.