Tamar Gordon

Associate Professor, Communication and Media

Tamar Gordon focuses on the cultural analysis of contemporary religions and their intersections with local and global modernities; themed environments; Polynesian and American societies.

She is currently working on an edited collection entitled Themelands. Her recent work includes the “Whose Development? Cultural Management and Globalized Economy in China’s Ethnic Theme Parks” published in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Culture and Development; writing, directing and co-producing the documentary feature film “Global Villages” which was shown in locations around the world, including Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro, and Lisbon; and she edited and wrote the introduction to the volume Material Religion.

She presents her work frequently, most recently “Cultural Narratives and Development Narratives” at the Heritage in Development: International Seminar on Art and Livelihood.


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California-Berkeley

M.A. Anthropology, Yale University

B.A. Anthropology, Yale University

Research Focus
  • Anthropology
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