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, Queering Online: Transnational Sexual Citizenship in Singapore is based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in 2005-2007 and supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Intel Corporation. The dissertation explores how the globalization of the Internet shapes national and sexual identity in Singapore and draws from anthropological scholarship addressing new and emerging media, online social movements, race and ethnicity, Southeast Asian studies, and sexuality and gender.

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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