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Dr. Brent Luvaas

Brent Luvaas, PhD

Director of the Minor Program in Anthropology
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture &
Center for Science, Technology and Society
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
Office: Academic Building, 317
Phone: 215.571.3660
Fax: 215.895.1333


  • 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


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 (

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.