Cultural anthropology of religion and ritual, mainland Southeast Asia, urban anthropology, and cosmopolitanism and nationalism
Before joining WEAI, Andrew Johnson’s most recent position was that of Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Research Center of the National University of Singapore. As part of the Asian Urbanisms cluster at the Center, his research covered the areas of Asian Studies and Urban Studies. Prior to this, Andrew held the title of Assistant Professor at Sogang University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. As a member of the Sogang Institute for East Asian Studies, he taught coursework in Southeast Asian Studies and was the Associate Editor of their publication TRaNS (Trans -Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia).
His most recent publications include “Progress and its Ruins: Ghosts, migrants and the uncanny in Thailand” which is an accepted article, as of March 2012, to be published in the May 2013 edition of Cultural Anthropology journal as well as the article“Re-Centering the City: Spirits, local wisdom, and urban design at the Three Kings Monument of Chiang Mai” which was published in the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Vol 42, Issue 3, October 2011, pp 511-531).
Dr. Johnson attended the College of William and Mary where he received his BA in Biology and Anthropology. He then went on to attend George Washington University and earned an MA in Cultural Anthropology with a concentration on development. He has been the recipient of numerous Grants and Fellowships including FLAS awards for Thai language and a Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship.