Fellows & Grantees

Tom Boellstorff

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 1997
Project Title
The Gay Archipelago: Postcolonial Sexual Subjectivities in Indonesia
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Anthropology, Stanford University


Tom Boellstorff is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, and Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association. Professor Boellstorff received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University in 2000. His research projects have focused on questions of virtual worlds, sexuality, globalization, nationalism, language, and HIV/AIDS. He is the author of The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia (Princeton University Press, 2005); A Coincidence of Desires: Anthropology, Queer Studies, Indonesia (Duke University Press, 2007); and Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human (Princeton University Press, 2008). He is the author of publications in many journals including American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist (twice), Cultural Anthropology, Games and Culture, the Journal of Asian Studies, the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, and the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research. He is also a Core Faculty member for the Culture and Theory Ph.D. program at Irvine, as well as a Program Faculty member for the Arts, Computation, and Engineering graduate program.