Karen Strassler  
Associate Professor  
 Ph.D. Michigan 2003  
 Office:   Powdermaker  Hall 315H  
 Phone:   (718) 997-2859
 Fax:  (718) 997-2885

Interests: Courses Taught:
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Visual and material culture
  • Photography and new media technologies
  • History and memory
  • Post-colonial literature, film and art
  • Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Asian diasporas
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology(101)
  • Essentials of Cultural Anthropology (201)
  • Visual Anthropology (239)
  • Anthropology 201 - Fall 2005

  • Selected Publications:   

  • "Refracted Visions: Popular Photography and National Modernity in Java" Duke University Press, May 2010.
  • "The Face of Money: Crisis, Currency, and Remediation in Post-Suharto Indonesia" Cultural Anthropology 24(1), February 2009.
  • "Cosmopolitan Visions: Ethnic Chinese and the Photographic Envisioning of Indonesia in the 1950s" The Journal of Asian Studies, 67, May 2008: 395-432.
  • "Reformasi Through Our Eyes: Children as Witnesses of History in Post-Suharto Indonesia," in Visual Anthropology Review, 22(2), September 2006: 53-70.
  • Refracted Visions: Indonesian Appearances in Popular Photography, under contract with Duke University Press, "Objects/Histories" series (edited by Nicholas Thomas).
  • "‘Reformasi Through Our Eyes’: Children as Witnesses of History in Post-Suharto Indonesia," in Danilyn Rutherford and Patricia Spyer, eds. Media and the Making of History. In preparation.
  • "Material Witnesses: Photographs and the Making of Reformasi Memory," in Mary Zurbuchen, ed. Beginning to Remember: The Past in Indonesia’s Present. University of Washington and Singapore National University Press, 2005.
  • "Gendered Visibilities and the Dream of Transparency: The Chinese Indonesian Rape Debate in Post-Suharto Indonesia," in Gender and History, 16(4) 2004, special issue on "Violence, Vulnerability and Embodiment."
  • "Currency and Fingerprints: Authentic Reproductions and Political Communication in Indonesia’s ‘Reform Era,’" Indonesia 70 (October 2000).
  • "Castings for the Colonial: Memory Work in New Order Java," co-authored with Ann Laura Stoler, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 42, No. 1 (January 2000).