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Dr. Brent Luvaas

Brent Luvaas, PhD

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture &
Media
Department of Anthropology
Center for Science, Technology and Society
Office: PSA 111
luvaas@drexel.edu
Phone: 215.571.3660
Fax: 215.895.1333

Education:

  • PhD, Anthropology, University of California at Los Angeles, 2009

Research Interests:

  • Visual and socio-cultural anthropology
  • The global circulation of fashion, music and aesthetics
  • DIY, amateur, and independent media
  • New media and mediated subjectivities
  • Street fashion, streetwear, and street style blogging
  • Youth culture in the United States and Indonesia

Bio:

Brent Luvaas is a visual and cultural anthropologist interested in the production and global circulation of fashion, music, and photography. He is the author of "Street Style: An Ethnography of Fashion Blogging" (Bloomsbury 2016) and "DIY Style: Fashion, Music, and Global Digital Culture" (Berg 2012). He has received several prominent fellowships, including the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant and the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program Grant, and has published in journals including Cultural Anthropology, Fashion Theory, and Visual Anthropology Review. He is also the blogger behind Urban Fieldnotes (urbanfieldnotes.com).

Specialization:

DIY and independent media production; transnational consumer culture; popular music; new media and mediated subjectivities; youth culture in the US and Indonesia.

Selected Publications:

  • Street Style: An Ethnography of Fashion Blogging. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.
  • “Indonesian Fashion Blogs: On the Promotional Subject of Personal Style,” in Fashion Theory, 2013.
  • “Material Interventions: Indonesian DIY Fashion and the Regime of the Global Brand,” in Cultural Anthropology (in press — February 2013.
  • DIY Style: Fashion, Music, and Global Digital Cultures, Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers, 2012.
  • “Designer Vandalism: Indonesian Indie Fashion and the Cultural Practice of Cut ’n’ Paste” in Visual Anthropology Review 26(1): 1-16, 2010.
  • “Dislocating Sounds: The Deterritorialization of Indonesian Indie Pop,” in Cultural Anthropology 24(2): 246-279, 2009.
  • “Re-Producing Pop: The Ambivalent Aesthetics of a Contemporary Dance Music,” in International Journal of Cultural Studies 9(2): 167-187, 2006.