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.
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.
- “Stoking the flames of ethnic politics?: Translating Indigeneity into post/neo-colonial Myanmar/Burma,” Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia.
- Morton, Micah F. 2023. “The Buffalo Skin Written Word: The cultural politics of orality and the written word in mainland Southeast Asia,” South East Asia Research 31(1):1-18.
- Morton, Micah F. 2023. “Multiculturalism from below: Indigeneity and the struggle for recognition in Thailand,” Journal of Anthropological Research 79(1):3-30.
- Morton, Micah F. with Eric Jones. 2022. “Crypto-Nationalism in the Akha World of the Upper Mekong Region w/Micah Morton,” Southeast Asia Crossroads Podcast, Northern Illinois University Center for Southeast Asian Studies, February 20.
- Wang, Jianhua and Micah F. Morton. 2020. "Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Shifting State-Society Relations and Emerging Resource Frontiers in China's Southwest Borderlands," Asian Ethnology 79 (2): 333-355.
- Morton, Micah F. and Ian G. Baird. 2019. "From Hill Tribes to Indigenous Peoples: TheLocalization of a Global Movement in Thailand," Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 50 (1): 7-31.
- Morton, Micah F. 2017. "Reframing the Boundaries of Indigeneity: State-based ontologies and assertions of distinction and compatibility in Thailand," American Anthropologist 119 (4): 684-696.
- Morton, Micah F. 2017. "The Rising Politics of Indigeneity in Southeast Asia," Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Trends 14/2017.
- Morton, Micah F. 2017. "Indigenous Peoples' shifting engagements with the Thai State," International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter 78, Autumn 2017:17.
- Morton, Micah F. 2017. "Indigenous peoples work to raise their status in a reforming Myanmar," Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Perspective 33, 22 May 2017.
- Morton, Micah F. 2016. "The Indigenous peoples' movement in Thailand expands," Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Perspective 68, 16 December 2016.
- Morton, Micah F., Jianhua Wang, and Haiying Li. 2016. "Decolonizing Methods: Akha Articulations of Indigeneity in the Upper Mekong Region," Asian Ethnicity 17 (4): 580-595.
- Morton, Micah F. 2015. "‘All Akha are Hani, but not all Hani are Akha': State-minority articulations of the ‘nation' in the Sino-Southeast Asian borderlands," Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies 7: 37-57.
- Morton, Micah F. 2013. "‘If you come often, we are like relatives; if you come rarely, we are Like strangers': Reformations of Akhaness in the Upper Mekong Region," ASEAS-Advances in Southeast Asian Studies (formerly ASEAS-Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies) 6(1):29-59.
- Morton, Micah F. 2012. "Aqkaq Tseir Kaq Ti Kaq Ma - Ten Akha Are United as One?" Center for Global Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (article and short-film production)
- Morton, Micah F. 2010. "Negotiating the Changing Space of ‘Zomia': A Preliminary Discussion on the Role of Language in Akha Identitarian Politics," Rian Thai: International Journal of Thai Studies 3: 97-133.
- Morton, Micah F. and E.L. Thomas-Smith (A.K.A. "Mr. Black). 2009. "Talk to the people on the streets, NOT the people in the suites': Reflections on Collaborations with ‘Mr. Black',"Collaborative Anthropologies 2: 147-176.