Gabriel Scheidecker

Freie Universität Berlin

Gabriel Scheidecker is an anthropologist at the Free University of Berlin. He has conducted long-term ethnographic research about childrearing, and emotion socialization in Madagascar and about immigrant parenting and parenting support within Vietnamese migrant settings in Berlin. In July 2023 he will take up a post as Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich and launch the SNSF Starting Grant project: “Saving Brains? Applying Ethnography to Early Childhood Interventions in the Global South.”


Scheidecker, G., Chaudhary, N., Keller, H., Mezzenzana, F., & Lancy, D. F. (2023). “Poor brain development” in the global South? Challenging the science of early childhood interventions. Ethos 51(1), 3-26

Scheidecker, G. (2023) Parents, Caregivers, and Peers: Patterns of Complementarity in the Social World of Children in Rural Madagascar. Current Anthropology 64(3)

Scheidecker, G., Chaudhary, N., Oppong, S., Röttger-Rössler, B., & Keller, H. (2022). Different is not deficient: respecting diversity in early childhood development. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health6(12), e24-e25.