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Dr. Eric J. Haanstad

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Postdoc) am Institut für Ethnologie Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Dr. Eric J. Haanstad


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Curriculum Vitae


Eric Haanstad, born 1974, began exploring anthropology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (USA) where he studied the Anishinaabe Ojibwe (Chippewa) language as a double major in American Indian Studies. His senior thesis was an ethnographic analysis of changing campus security practices within the University of Minnesota Police Department’s student security division, foreshadowing later research with the Royal Thai Police. He served as an intern at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Arlington, Virginia where he worked on projects related to government relations, public policy, and K-12 education. Subsequently, he returned to Wisconsin and continued graduate work in cultural anthropology and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). He served as the President of AAA’s National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) from 2001 to 2003 while conducting field research in Thailand. Research for his dissertation, “Constructing Order through Chaos: A State Ethnography of the Thai Police” was funded by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program, the Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant and the Southeast Asian Studies Center Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dissertation write-up support was provided by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Award and the School for Advanced Research (SAR) Weatherhead Resident Scholars program. He received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August of 2008.

In 2009 he was a Resident Scholar at the Centre for Khmer Studies in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he taught political science, political anthropology and research methods to Cambodian junior faculty. Since 2009, Haanstad is a post-doctoral scholar in the Institute of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Freiburg funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF).


Research Interests

His research interests include the anthropology of police and military groups in Thailand and Cambodia, cross-cultural conceptualizations of temporality, transnational security practices, state expressions of globalization, and contemporary/historical performances of ritual, violence and democratization in Southeast Asia. 



Im Druck:
Haanstad, Eric 2011: Thai Police as Refractive Anthropological Lens: The Global Assemblage of Thai Policing. In: Garriott, William (Hg.) 2011: Police in Practice: The Pragmatics of Police Power in the Contemporary World. New York: Palgrave Press.
Im Druck:
Haanstad, Eric: Decentralized Urban Security, Insecurity, and Performance in Bangkok. (referee review).
Im Druck:
Haanstad, Eric: Counter-Occidental Simulation and Simultaneity in a Thai Beatles Tribute Band. (referee review).

Haanstad, Eric 2011: Conference Report: Decentralisation and Democratization in Southeast Asia. In: ASIEN: The German Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 121: 84.
Haanstad, Eric 2010: Cover Illustration. In: Haanstad, Eric (Hg.) 2010: Politics as Prison. Phnom Penh: Center for Khmer Studies Press.
Haanstad, Eric (Hg.) 2010: Politics as Prison. Phnom Penh: Center for Khmer Studies Press.
Haanstad, Eric 2009: Violence and Temporal Subjectivity. In: Anthropology and Humanism, Vol. 34 (1): 71-82.
Haanstad, Eric 2008: Constructing Order through Chaos: A State Ethnography of the Thai Police. Diss. Phil. University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Haanstad, Eric 2006: The Other City of Angels: Ethnography with the Bangkok Police. In: A. Gardner und D. Hoffman (Hg.) 2006: Dispatches from the Field: Neophyte Ethnographers in a Changing World. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press. S. 223-235.