Janet Hoskins is Professor of Anthropology and Religion at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She has done extensive field research in Indonesia, Vietnam and California, as well as shorter periods of research in Cambodia, Laos, and Malaysia and archival work in the Netherlands and France. From 2011-2013 she was the President of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, a section of the American Anthropological Association. Her current research interests are the emerging field of Transpacific Studies, post colonial studies, transnational religion, visual anthropology and ethnographic film, material culture, indigenous theories of time and history, gender, exchange and ritual.

In 2014-2015, she has published two new books: the edited collection (with Viet Thanh Nguyen) Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field (2014) and The Divine Eye and the Diaspora: Vietnamese Syncretism Becomes Transpacific Caodaism (2015), both from University of Hawaii Press.

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