Notes on Contributors

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Notes on Contributors

Giuseppe Bolotta

cultural anthropologist and psychologist, is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University College Dublin’s School of Education. His doctoral research was a multi-situated ethnography of religious, humanitarian and state institutional policies for poor children living in the slums of Bangkok (Thailand). Between 2015 and 2017, he was a Post-Doctoral researcher at the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute, where he contributed to the Henry Luce Foundation funded project on “Religious NGOs in Asia.” His current research project contributes to UCD’s Safe Learning Study in Sierra Leone, and extends his research interests and focuses on the interrelationship between development, humanitarianism, and marginalized childhoods from Southeast Asia to West Africa.

Maribeth Erb

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore and does research on tourism, ritual, political change, and environmental politics in eastern Indonesia. Her recent research project is on the effect of regional autonomy on mining in the eastern province of Nusa Tenggara Timur.

R. Michael Feener

is the Sultan of Oman Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and Islamic Centre Lecturer in the History Faculty at the University of Oxford. He was formerly Research Leader of the Religion and Globalisation Research Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, and Associate Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. He has also taught at Reed College and the University of California-Riverside, and held visiting professor positions and research fellowships at Harvard, Kyoto University, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the University of Copenhagen, The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (Honolulu), and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, the Netherlands. He has published extensively in the fields of Islamic studies and Southeast Asian history, as well as on post-disaster reconstruction, religion and development.

Philip Fountain

is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute, and received his doctorate in Anthropology from the Australian National University. His research interests include religion and development, disaster relief and peacemaking. He also specialises in the study of transnational Christian NGOs. He is co-editor of Religion and the Politics of Development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Pursuing Peace in Godzone: Christianity and the Peace Tradition in New Zealand (Victoria University Press, 2018). He has also edited a number of special issues, including “Salvage and Salvation: Religion and Disaster Relief in Asia” (Asian Ethnology, 2016) and “Anthropological Theologies: Engagements and Encounters” (The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 2013).

Enyi Hu

is an MPhil graduand in American Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Hong Kong. She was also a graduate research assistant and teaching assistant in the department. She has just completed her MPhil thesis which examines American faculty experience at Yenching University in early 20th century China. She is particularly interested in the trajectory of American missionary discourses and the extent to which the Protestant enterprise overseas had repercussions for social, intellectual, and religious development at home. Her other research interests include US-China relations, Americans abroad, world Christianity, Soviet religious policy and the social history of modern China.

Hui-Yeon Kim

is Associate Professor and Director of the Department of Korean Studies at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris. Her Ph.D. in Sociology, which she obtained from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, focuses on the transnationalization of a Korean Pentecostal church and aims to thereby contribute to a better understanding of the development of Pentecostal movements on a global scale. It won the prize for the best thesis in religious studies attributed by the French Association of Social Sciences of Religions in 2012 and is to be published as a monograph with AFSR/L’Harmattan. Her research on South Korean influence in Southeast Asia has been supported through a research grant by IRASEC (2013). Besides publishing the results of this research in the form of a monograph, she has also authored several chapters in edited books focused on religion in contemporary Asia.

Erica M. Larson

is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at Boston University. Her research interests include the anthropology of education, ethics, religious pluralism, and politics. Her dissertation research investigates education about ‘nation’ in North Sulawesi, Indonesia to better understand its relationship to and implications for public ethics and building a framework for coexistence in a plural society.

Laura Meitzner Yoder

is Professor of Environmental Studies, John Stott Chair, and Director of the Human Needs & Global Resources Program, Wheaton College, IL. Her scholarship engages multiple dimensions of human-environment interaction: agricultural biodiversity, land and forest authorities and access, and rural land policy. She has particular interest in smallholder farmers and forest dwellers who feed their families and make their living in marginal conditions. This led her to work with local universities and research institutes, NGOs, and international programs in Latin America and Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

Noëmi Rui

is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute of History, University of Bern, Switzerland and she is currently involved in an interdisciplinary project researching the role of the churches in sustainable development in Indonesia. Her specific research project focuses on the emergence of the concept of sustainable development inside the World Council of Churches and examines how this concept is transformed into blueprints for projects in Indonesia in the years 1968–1991.

Catherine Scheer

is a Lecturer at the Institute for Ethnology, Heidelberg University. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and was a post-doctoral fellow affiliated with the Henry R. Luce-funded “Religion and NGOs in Asia” project (2015–2017) at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She has done extended field research with Bunong highland inhabitants in Cambodia, and more recently followed language in education experts across international institutional settings in Southeast Asia. The intersections of Christianity, development, indigeneity, morality and policy constitute nodes of particular interest to her.

Elena Shih

is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, where she is also a Faculty Fellow directing a human trafficking research cluster at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Her research has appeared in Sociological Perspectives, Contexts, Social Politics, and positions: asia critique. She serves on the editorial boards of The Anti-Trafficking Review, a peer-reviewed journal run through the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, and openDemocracy’s Beyond Trafficking and Slavery editorial platform.

Gregory Vanderbilt

is a Lecturer at the Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a dissertation examining the place of Christianity in modern Japanese society and politics. He has published in The Asia-Pacific Journal and contributed chapters to a number of edited volumes. He has research interests in Japanese and Indonesian history, literary translation and comparative religion.

Fransiska Widyawati

received her Ph.D. in Inter-religious and Cultural Studies from Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia on the development of Catholicism in Flores, eastern Indonesia. She teaches at St. Paul’s Teacher Training College in Flores, and has been involved in research projects looking at the role of the Catholic Church in education, and the how various developments, including tourism and mining, have affected religious and cultural transformations on Flores Island.

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