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B.A., Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Southern California

M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

Courses Taught

Society and Culture: Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Language and Culture: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

History of Anthropology

The Anthropology of Consumer Society

Food and Culture

Ethnographic Methods

Research Design

Culture, Power and Place in Southeast Asian Societies

Regarding Taste, Preference and Distinction

Keepin’ it Real?: The Pursuit, Defense, and Deconstruction of Authenticity

Migrants, Immigrants, and Refugees 

Research Interests


Consumer Culture

Southeast Asia (Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand)

Immigration and Refugee Studies

Linguistic Anthropology


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

2015 Ellett, R., Esperanza, J. and Phan, D. “Developing Interdisciplinary Thinking through an International Development Case Study” Journal of College Teaching.

2011 “Bali’s Ethnic Arts Industry: Crafting Global Identities amidst a National Tourist Agenda” Material Culture Review, Vol. 71: 14-23

2008 “Outsourcing Otherness: Commodifying Culture and Modernity in the Global Handicrafts Market” Research in Economic Anthropology, Vol. 28: 71-95.

2004 “Crafting Place: Discourses of Culture and Otherness in the Handicrafts Industry of Tegallalang, Bali” Antropologi Indonesia: Indonesian Journal of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 28 (75), 22-32.


Book Chapters

2014 “Bypassig the National, Engaging the Global: (Re)Negotiating Terms of Global Belonging in the Balinese Handicrafts Insdustry” for Small Scale Producers and Rural Economies in the 21st Century: Retrenching, Redefining and Reenergizing. Deborah Sick and Richard Wilk (eds.). London: Routledge Press.

Book Reviews:

2012 Review of “Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles,” Mary Hunt Kahlenberg (ed.). Museum Anthropology Review. Vol 6, No. 2, pp. 106-107 Fall 2012

Public Scholarship:

2016 Esperanza, Jennifer. “Judging Books by their Cover” (2016 12 September) Anthropology News.

2016 Esperanza, J. and Tunstall, D. (2016 June 20) “Decolonizing Anthropology Textbook CoversSavage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology. Retrieved from 

Jennifer Santos Esperanza

Professor of Anthropology

 Email:  Phone: 608-363-2144   Room 109, Godfrey Hall
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