I am currently Instructor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where I teach, conduct ethnographic research, and make films and other media about the cosmopolitics of animism and the state.  At my fieldsite in the Mentawai Islands off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, my research focuses on the ways that animism, reciprocal exchange, and other cultural practices have enabled the indigenous people to resist intervention by the state without recourse to the global discourse of indigenous rights, complicating encounters with tourists and NGOs, as well as government officials.  I am also working on a project in the mountain town of Nederland, Colorado, where the cosmopolitics of its residents are surprisingly similar to those of the people in the Mentawai Islands.  At CU, I teach a popular introduction to cultural anthropology through film and media, and upper division courses on visual anthropology and ethnographic film, the anthropology of religion, magic, and witchcraft, and the ethnography of Southeast Asia.

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