Robert Phillips cultural


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 the publication of a monograph, Virtual Activism: Sexuality, the Internet, and a Social Movement in Singapore, is based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in 2005-2019. This work explores key theoretical ideas – including illiberal pragmatics and neoliberal homonormativity – that, in combination with the introduction of the Internet, have shaped the manner by which LGBT Singaporeans are framing and subsequently claiming rights.

I also earned an MA in Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. My program focused on contemporary Hinduism and Islam in India as well as on 19th and 20th century Jewish thought. My MA thesis, Classicization through Folk Festival: The Bonalu Festival in Hyderabad was completed in 2002. In it I analyzed a regional folk festival that was being transformed by competing global religious and political ideologies.


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