Gareth Barkin

Professor of Anthropology

Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Asian Studies Program (Henry Luce Foundation position on Muslim Societies in Southeast Asia)

Director, Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (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.

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

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