Robert Phillips cultural anthropologistrfphillips@bsu.edu

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About
About

I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Ball State University and an affiliated faculty member at The University of Haifa. I received my Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) at the University of Wollongong.  My dissertation research led to […]

Current Research
Current Research

In my current research project, I use the discourse around various Jewish smartphone apps as a way of thinking about the larger and more complicated relationships between contemporary Orthodox communities and new technologies. I look at online debates among Orthodox Jews in the United States and Israel, focusing on how the prohibition against using technology […]

Publications
Publications

Book Virtual Activism: Sexuality, the Internet, and a Social Movement in Singapore, Available now from the University of Toronto Press. Peer-reviewed publications  2020    A Higher Level of Immersion: A Contemporary Freshwater Mikvah Pool in Israel. In: Sacred Waters: A Cross-Cultural Compendium of Hallowed Springs and Holy Wells. Celeste Ray, ed. Pp. 213-218. London: Routledge. 2019    […]

Teaching
Teaching

During Fall 2020 I will be teaching three courses: ANTH 101 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology), ANTH 308 (Anthropological Linguistics), and ANTH 451 (Magic, Witchcraft, Religion).

Current Students
Current Students

Letters of recommendation I am happy to write letters of recommendation for current and former students. Before asking me for a letter, ask yourself the following questions:  How well do I know this professor? Have I interacted with him before or after class meetings?  Have I talked to him about my possible academic/professional goals before asking […]

Study Abroad Opportunities
Study Abroad Opportunities

Since 2018 I have been involved with the KIIS (Kentucky Institute for International Study) Study Abroad Program as an instructor in the Morocco program.  For Summer 2021 (June 18-July 18) I will be teaching two courses in the capital city of Rabat:  ANTH 366 Topics: Anthropology of Religion in Morocco and ANTH 366 Topics: Peoples […]