Rosalind C. Morris

Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology

History of modernity in Thailand; the theorization of visual culture and forms of mass mediation; anthropology of value and violence based mainly on ethnography in South Africa

Professor Morris’s recent courses have covered the interpretation of cultures, war in Southeast Asia, nationalism and Thai cultural politics, and comparative studies in “social poetics” and translation. Her most recent publications on Southeast Asia and related issues include an edited volume, Photographies East: The Camera and Its Histories in East and Southeast Asia (Duke University, 2009), which includes an introductory essay, as well as “Photography and the Power of Images in the History of Power: Notes from Thailand,” and Can the Subaltern Speak: Reflections on the History of an Idea (Columbia University Press, 2010). She is also the author of In the Place of Origins: Modernity and Its Mediums in Northern Thailand (Duke University Press, 2000).

Professor Morris was a fellow at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study (2006–2007) and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (2010). She is also an affiliate faculty member of the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. A former director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and a former associate director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, she an editorial board member of the journal positions and an editorial board member for the Duke University Press series Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics and Society, with Rey Chow, Michael Dutton, and Harry Harootunian.

Professor Morris received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1994 and joined the faculty of Columbia’s Department of Anthropology the same year.