Brent Luvaas, PhD

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Brent Luvaas

Office: PSA 111
Phone: 215.571.3660


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

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Visual, digital, and cultural anthropology
  • Street culture, street style, and street photography
  • Clothing and material culture
  • Digital subjects and subjectivities
  • The global circulation of fashion, music, and aesthetics
  • DIY, amateur, and independent media
  • Urban youth culture in the United States and Indonesia


Brent Luvaas is a visual and cultural anthropologist interested in the production and circulation of fashion, music, and aesthetics. He is the author of DIY Style: Fashion, Music, and Global Digital Cultures (Berg 2012) and the forthcoming Street Style: An Ethnography of Fashion Blogging (Bloomsbury 2016). He is the recipient of several prominent fellowships, including the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant and the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program Grant. He is also the Co-Editor of Visual Anthropology Review, the journal of the Society for Visual Anthropology, and the blogger behind Urban Fieldnotes, a street style blog documenting fashion on the streets of Philadelphia.

Selected Publications

  • Street Style: An Ethnography of Fashion Blogging. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.
  • “Material Interventions: Indonesian DIY Fashion and the Regime of the Global Brand, in Cultural Anthropology 28(1): 127-143, 2013.
  • “Indonesian Fashion Blogs: On the Promotional Subject of Personal Style,” in Fashion Theory 17(1): 55-76, 2013.
  • “Exemplary Centers and Musical Elsewheres: Performing Authenticity and Autonomy in Indonesian Indie Music,” in Asian Music 44(2): 95-114.
  • DIY Style: Fashion, Music, and Global Digital Cultures, London 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.