Associate Dean of Operations and Technology and Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
I’m a cultural anthropologist whose research is focused on practices surrounding the representation of culture in and of Southeast Asia. My expertise is concentrated in three areas:
The anthropology of media and technology
Study abroad and neoliberalism
Indonesia and Southeast Asia area studies
My current research explores short-term study abroad at U.S. universities, focusing on the representation of Southeast Asian culture and place in an increasingly market-driven pedagogical arena. My work has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the National Science Foundation, the Henry R. Luce Foundation, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. My photography has been featured by the American Anthropological Association.
I am the chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the director of the Luce Initiative on Southeast Asia and the Environment (LIASE) Southeast Asia Symposium, as well as the fieldschool program leader for Indonesia. My teaching brings together a general interest in cultural anthropology practice and methodology, through courses like Introduction to Anthropology (SOAN 102) and Ethnographic Methods (SOAN 299), with my specific research focus, through courses like Muslim Cultures and Communities (SOAN 380), Visual & Media Anthropology (SOAN 308), and Indonesia & Southeast Asia in Cultural Context (SOAN 312).