Eric Haanstad

Associate Professor of the Practice

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Faculty Fellow, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Faculty Fellow, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

B.A., University of Minnesota, 1996
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001
Ph.D., Ibid., 2008


Eric Haanstad began exploring anthropology at the University of Minnesota where he studied Anishinaabe Ojibwe (Chippewa) languages and cultures in American Indian Studies. He received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August of 2008 and since then taught and conducted research in Cambodia, Thailand, Germany, and the US Seacoast. He is publishing a book, “Protective Suppression in the Year of the Thai Police” focusing on his research with the Royal Thai Police. In addition to his work on state security, he studies music in ethnographic fieldwork, as well as symbolic expression and theatrical performance in Southeast Asia. Eric’s current ethnographic projects explore future imaginaries in cryptocurrency, design anthropology, and his ongoing musical and theatrical collaborations with Ramayana-based masked theater performers in Thailand and Cambodia.

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