University of Puget Sound | Sociology & Anthropology; Asian Studies
Professor and Chair
Gareth Barkin is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research is focused on practices surrounding the representation of culture in and of Southeast Asia. More specifically, he studies mass media producers in Indonesia, and how they negotiate that country’s deep divisions, particularly religious cleavages, to associate national or regional identity with consumption. His current research project focuses on short-term study abroad in Asia. Focused on American universities, he explores different traditions of pedagogical practice, as well as recent shifts toward market-driven representations of culture and place that link study abroad to touring exigencies. He first traveled to Indonesia as an English resource volunteer with VIA in 1992.