Brent Luvaas, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Brent Luvaas

Office: PSA 111
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 aesthetics. He is the author of DIY Style: Fashion, Music, and Global Digital Cultures (Berg 2012), and has received 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 new Co-Editor of Visual Anthropology Review, the journal of the Society for Visual Anthropology.

Selected Publications

  • “Indonesian Fashion Blogs: On the Promotional Subject of Personal Style,” in Fashion Theory (in press – Winter 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.