Gareth Barkin

Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies
Director, LIASE Southeast Asia Symposium

I'm a sociocultural anthropologist whose research is focused on practices surrounding the representation of culture in and of Southeast Asia. More specifically, I study mass media producers in Indonesia, and how they negotiate that country's deep divisions, particularly religious cleavages, to associate national or regional identity with consumption. 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.

I am the director of the Luce Initiative on Southeast Asia and the Environment (LIASE) Southeast Asia Symposium, and 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).

B.A. — University of California, Psychology, 1995
A.M. — Washington University in St. Louis, Cultural Anthropology, 2000
Ph.D. — Washington University in St. Louis, Cultural Anthropology, 2004

A full list of my publications can be found here.


This is my home department.


Learn more about our LIASE Southeast Asia programming, languages, field initiatives, and symposium, which I direct.


I have a joint appointment in the interdisciplinary Asian Studies Program.


I'm involved in a number of experiential learning opportunities in Sociology & Anthropology as well as Asian Studies.