Robert Phillips cultural anthropologistphillips.rf@gmail.com

Current Research
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Current Research
Current Research

I am currently working on two projects. At this time, I am framing a new ethnographic project that looks at gay Jewish men who are becoming baalei teshuva or ‘masters of redemption.’ These gay Jews were raised in a  variety of Jewish traditions and stopped practicing their faith for periods of time, but are now returning to a more Orthodox […]

Positions Held
Positions Held

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Ball State University. From 2011-2014, I was an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba. I continue to supervise PhD students in both departments.  I am also research associate in the Department of Anthropology at […]

Dissertation Research
Dissertation Research

My dissertation, Queering Online: Transnational Sexual Citizenship in Singapore, systematically investigated the Internet’s role in national and sexual identity in Singapore. In so doing, I contributed to an emerging body of anthropological work demonstrating how the Internet’s impact is culturally and historically specific. As a highly policed city-state that emphasizes technological innovation, Singapore is an ideal […]

Publications
Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles 2014 Abjection. Short essay commissioned for inaugural issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly, “Postposttranssexual: Key Concepts for a Twenty- First-Century Transgender Studies,’’ 1(1-2): 19-21. 2014 “And I am also gay”: Illiberal Pragmatics, Homonormativity, and LGBT Activism in Singapore. Manuscript solicited for special issue of Anthropologica – “Queer Anthropology/l’anthropologie queer” 56(1): 45-54. 2013 “We […]

Teaching
Teaching

During the fall semester, I will be teaching two courses – ANTH 101 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology) and ANTH 360/560 (Virtual Anthropology).      

Education
Education

I received my Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine in December 2008 and have completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) at the University of Wollongong. My dissertation, Queering Online: Transnational Sexual Citizenship in Singapore is based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in 2005-2007 and supported by […]