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Andrew Causey

Andrew Causey

Andrew Causey, PhD, is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago.

Dr. Causey’s research interests include the fields of material culture (objects), art, and tourism. He has published several scholarly articles as well as chapters in edited volumes over the past several years. His ethnographic monograph, Hard Bargaining in Sumatra: Toba Bataks and Western Tourists in a Souvenir Marketplace, was published by the University of Hawai’i Press in 2003.

Dr. Causey teaches “Visual Anthropology,” “Voices, Gestures, Silences: an anthropology of communication,” “Introduction to Cultural Anthropology,” “Ethnographic Films,” Social Objects,” and “Anthropology of Tourism.” He is also part of the Material Objects Research Group, a virtual community of scholars. He’s also an active painter and sculptor.


2003 - Hard Bargaining in Sumatra: Western Travelers and Toba Batak Woodcarvers in a Souvenir Marketplace, University of Hawai’i Press.


Forthcoming – “Batak Selves: personal, spiritual, collective,” in Everyday Life in Southeast Asia, K. Adams and K. Gillogly, editors.

Forthcoming - “Using Focused Ethnography in Psychological Research,” in American Psychological Association Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods, co-authors: L. Symmonds, P. Camic.

2002 - The Dark Rains of Samosir,” in Mementos, Artifacts, and Hallucinations from Ethnographer’s Tent, R. Emoff and D. Henderson, editors, University of Arizona Press.

2000 - The Hard Sell: Anthropologists Acting as Brokers of Crafts in the Global Marketplace,” in Artisans and Cooperatives: Developing Alternative Trade for the Global Economy, K. Grimes and L. Milgram, editors. University of Arizona Press.


Forthcoming - Travel to a Place both Sad and Cute,” in Cultural StudiesóCritical Methodologies

Forthcoming - “Drawing Flies: artwork in the field,” in Critical Arts

2010 - “Considering the Power of Caricatures,” Columbia Chronicle, Oct. 4. Part of Critical Encounters “Image and Implication” initiative.

2007 -’Go Back to the Batak, It’s Safe There,’ tourism in North Sumatra during perilous times,” Indonesia and the Malay World, 35(103):257-271. November.

2007 - Dad’s House,” Columbia Chronicle, October 22. Part of Critical Encounters’ “Roots and Routes” initiative.

2000 - “The Folder in the Drawer of the Sky Blue Lemari: a Toba Batak Carver’s Secrets,” Crossroads, 14(1):1-34. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press.


2010 - “Getting a Bargain? Some lessons from a Toba Batak marketplace,” Center for Southeast Asian Studies 50th Anniversary International Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, October 22.

2007 - Reflections on Developing a Cultural Studies Program: production courses,” Cultural Studies Now Conference, University of East London. July.

2007 - “Ethnographic Method: a workshop for doctoral students in clinical psychology,” workshop presented at Solomon’s Centre for Applied Social and Psychological Development, Canterbury University. July.

2006 - Panel Chair: “Critical Side Roads: exploring ethnographic flukes.” Paper presented: Stubborn Bugs and Filthy Drugs: artwork in fieldwork, American Anthropological Association annual meetings, San Jose, CA.

2006 - “The Art of the Batak,” presentation at Beloit College Museum. August.

2006 - “The Sense of Ethnography in Postmodern Times,” workshop presented at Solomon’s Centre for Applied Social and Psychological Development, Canterbury University.

2005 - “Go, You’ll Be Safe with the Bataks”: Tourism in Indonesia During Perilous Times," presented at the International Studies Association meetings, Honolulu, HI.

2005 -"Toba Batak Conceptions of Death," in panel "Exploring Death," in Intersections, series of public lectures co-sponsored by Columbia College Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center. October.

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Dr. Andrew Causey
Columbia College Chicago
Department of HHSS
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL