Ingrid Jordt

Ingrid Jordt

Associate Professor

Office: Sabin 321
Phone: (414) 229-3197


Ph.D., Anthropology, Harvard University
B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests:

Processes of political legitimation, lay/monastic relations in Buddhist Burma, Buddhist meditation movements in Southeast Asia, ethnographic methods, social theory. Ingrid Jordt has conducted research in Burma since 1988.

Courses Taught:

Anthro 102: Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Anthro 193: Freshman Seminar: The New American
Anthro 156: Food and Culture
Anthro 250: Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Anthro 450: Political Anthropology Family
Anthro 561: Ethnographic Methods
Anthro 641: Anthropology of Knowledge
Anthro 803: Survey of Cultural Anthropology
Global 193: Social Movements on the Internet

Other Relevant Activities:

Founder BurmaRescue (aid and research site concerning Cyclone Nargis in Burma)

Geneva Center for Security Policy, Switzerland (April 29, 2008). The Role of Religion, Ideology and Security: Myanmar.

American Public Media: Speaking of Faith. Aired November 4, 2007.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (November 7, 2007 Washington DC). "What Next? Political Developments in Burma and Implications for the Future." Live webcast.

Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University (October 2007, Providence RI). "Burma: Saffron Revolution versus Authoritarian Consolidation." Live webcast.

New York Times, September 30, 2007

Selected Publications:

2013. Transnational Buddhism and the Transformation of Local Power in Thailand. In Radical Egalitarianism: Local Realities, Global Relations, Tambiah, Stanley J., et al., Fordham University Press, March 2013.

2008. Food Security, Information Flows, and Foreign Aid in the Wake of Cylone Nargis, Burma Anthropology News.

2008. Turning Over the Bowl in Burma, Religion in the News 10 (3).

2007. Burma's Mass Lay Meditation Movement: Buddhism and the Cultural Construction of Power. University of Ohio Press, Research in International Studies Series.

2007. What is a 'True Buddhist': Meditation and the Formation of Knowledge Communities in Burma. Ethnology 45(3).

2007. With Patience We Can Endure: Public Space and Private Discourse Under Burmese Authoritarian Rule. In Monique Skidmore and Patricia Lawrence (eds),Women and the Contested State: Religion, Violence and Agency in South Asia, pp. 188-208. University of Notre Dame Press.

2005. Women's Practices of Renunciation in the Age of Sásana Revival. In Monique Skidmore (ed.), Burma at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, pp. 41-65. University of Hawaii Press.

2003. The Social Organization of Intention: Sacred Giving and its Implications for Burma's Political Economy. Research in Economic Anthropology 22: 325-344.

2003. From Relations of Power to Relations of Authority: Epistemic Claims, Practices and Ideology in the Production of Burma's Political Order. Social Analysis 47(1): 65-76.

2003. Special Theme Issue: Knowledge and Verification. Co-editor, Kalman Applbaum. Social Analysis 47 (1).