Brent Luvaas, PhD
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Office: PSA 111
- 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.
- 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.