Micah F. Morton

Originally from Philadelphia, I am a cultural anthropologist with expertise in political anthropology, ecological anthropology and religious studies. My work specifically focuses on borders and transnationalism, state-minority relations, social movements, religious and spiritual ecologies, religion and politics, ethnicity and nationalism and the global Indigenous Peoples' movement.

My work highlights the multiple and shifting discursive forms and meanings of the categories of ethnicity, religion and Indigeneity as they travel and encounter diverse interlocutors. Geographically, I work in Mainland Southeast Asia and its borderlands with southwest China. My work further examines various dimensions of the sociocultural impacts of China's rise on Southeast Asia. I have also done work in New York City at the United Nations headquarters where Indigenous activists from around the world gather each spring for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).

At NIU, I hold a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. I am also a faculty associate in research at Cornell University's Southeast Asia Program.

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Fall 2021 Office Hours

1-3 p.m. on Blackboard Collaborate and by appointment