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Name  Kathleen Adams

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Books  Art as Politics: Re-crafting Identities, Tourism, and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia
Similar  Walter Hunziker, Birgit Zotz, Sara Dolnicar

Born  1957 (age 64)

Kathleen M. Adams (born 1957, San Francisco, California) is a cultural anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Loyola University Chicago. She is also an adjunct curator of Southeast Asian Ethnology at the Field Museum of Natural History. Her research focuses on island Southeast Asia, critical tourism studies, heritage studies, museums, material culture and ethnic arts, globalization, ethnicity and nationalism. She first began anthropological fieldwork in Indonesia in 1984 and received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1988.


Adams is author of several books, including the award-winning Art as Politics: Re-crafting Identities, Tourism and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia, co-editor of Everyday Life in Southeast Asia, and Home and Hegemony: Domestic Service and Identity Politics in South and Southeast Asia, as well as over fifty articles. Her research has led to profiles and interviews on National Public Radio' show "Soundprint," Voice of America and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. A former Fulbright recipient, Adams has consulted for Indonesia's Ministry of Education and Culture/UNESCO and served as academic adviser for several BBC and National Geographic documentary film and television projects.

Education and teaching

As an undergraduate, Adams studied anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1979), and completed her Ph.D. in 1988 in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of Washington in Seattle, with additional graduate training in Indonesian Studies at Cornell University and Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (Salatiga, Indonesia), and Museum Studies at the Univ. of Washington.

Currently Professor of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago and Adjunct Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History. Adams previously taught at Beloit College in Wisconsin (1988-1993), where she held the Mouat Family Endowed Chair for Junior faculty. Adams has been a visiting professor at Loyola University Chicago's John Felice Rome Center, Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, Al-Farabi University in Kazakhstan, the National University of Singapore and has taught on several of University of Virginia's Semester at Sea voyages.

Awards and honors

Adams' book on the politics of art and tourism in upland Sulawesi (Indonesia) won the Alpha Sigma Nu award as the best social science book published in 2007–2009 by faculty at Jesuit institutions. A past Fulbright awardee (1984–85) and Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship (1999) recipient, Adams' research has also been supported by various fellowships from scholarly organizations such as the American Philosophical Society. In 2016 she received Loyola University's 2016 Sujack Master Researcher Award. Adams' has also received teaching awards, including Loyola University Chicago's 2007 Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2012 she was recognized by Princeton Review as one of the "300 best professors" in the US and Canada.

Significant publications

Adams has published several books and over fifty articles on island Southeast Asia, the politics of art, domestic work, identity dynamics, museums, and the anthropology of tourism. Some of her most significant works include the following:

  • 2015 "Families, Funerals and Facebook: Reimag(in)ing and Curating Toraja Kin in Translocal Times.” TRaNS: Trans –Regional and –National Studies of Southeast Asia, 3(2).
  • 2015 Guest Editor of Special Issue "Back to the Future? Emergent Visions for Object-Based Teaching in and Beyond the Classroom.” Museum Anthropology, Vol 38(2).
  • 2015 "Identity, Heritage, and Memorialization: The Toraja Tongkonan of Indonesia.” In G. Riello and A. Gerritsen (eds) Writing Material Culture History, London: Bloomsbury.
  • 2012 "Love American Style and Divorce Toraja Style: Lessons from a Tale of Mutual Reflexivity in Indonesia,” Critical Arts 26(2).
  • 2012 “Ethnographic Methods” for Handbook of Research Methods in Tourism: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, eds. Larry Dwyer, Alison Gill and Neelu Seertaram. Northamton, MA & Edward Elgar/Ashgate. Pp. 339-351.
  • 2011 Everyday Life in Southeast Asia. Indiana University Press. (With Kathleen Gillogly).
  • 2011 "Public Interest Anthropology, Political Market Squares, and Re-scripting Dominance: From Swallows to ‘Race’ in San Juan Capistrano, CA." Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 3(2):147-169.
  • 2010 "Courting and Consorting with the Global: The Local Politics of an Emerging World Heritage Site in Sulawesi, Indonesia.” In V.T. King, M. Parnwell & M. Hitchcock (eds.) Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia, NIAS Press & Univ. of Hawai'i Press.
  • 2008 "Indonesian Souvenirs as Micro-Monuments to Modernity: Hybridization, Deterritorialization and Commoditization." In Tourism in South-East Asia, Univ. of Hawai'i Press.
  • 2008 “The Janus-Faced Character of Tourism in Cuba: Ideological Continuity and Change.” Annals of Tourism Research, 35(1):27-46. Co-authored with Peter Sanchez.
  • 2006 Art as Politics: Re-crafting Identities, Tourism, and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia. University of Hawaii Press. (Winner of the 2009 Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Alpha Sigma Nu National Book Award, best in Social Sciences 2007-2009)
  • 2005 “Public Interest Anthropology in Heritage Sites: Writing Culture and Righting Wrongs.” International Journal of Heritage Studies, 11(5):433-439.
  • 2005 “Generating Theory, Tourism & “World Heritage” in Indonesia: Ethical Quandaries for Practicing Anthropologists.” National Association for the Practice of Anthropology Bulletin, 23:45-59. Part of a Special Issue on “Anthropological Contributions to Travel & Tourism: Linking Theory with Practice.”
  • 2004 “The Genesis of Touristic Imagery: Politics and Poetics in the Creation of a Remote Indonesian Island Destination.” Tourist Studies, 4(2):115-135.
  • 2000 Home and Hegemony: Domestic Service and Identity Politics in South and Southeast Asia. University of Michigan Press. (With Sara Dickey).
  • 2000 A Changing Indonesia. Special issue of Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science. Vol. 28, No. 2. (Guest edited, with Maribeth Erb).
  • References

    Kathleen M. Adams Wikipedia