Cultural anthropology, transnational and global communities, responses to marginality and social crisis, migration and diaspora; Islam, South Asia, Indic diasporas including Romani Gypsies, Indian Ocean, Himalaya.
Dr. Jonah Steinberg is a cultural anthropologist of the Indian Subcontinent and its diasporas, with a special focus on society's most marginal members, from India's street children to Europe's Roma (Gypsies). He received his BA from Swarthmore College and his MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and he has been a member of the UVM Anthropology faculty since 2006. His book, Isma'ili Modern: Globalization and Identity in a Muslim Community, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2011. Based on his doctoral research in Pakistan and Tajikistan, the book deals with the dynamics of Himalayan villagers' membership and participation in the transnational Isma'ili Muslim community. Dr. Steinberg's current research, funded by a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation, explores the lives of runaway children in North India, and investigates the intersection of poverty, domestic crisis, and cultural models of childhood in their home contexts. Dr. Steinberg's courses at the University of Vermont deal with a variety of themes, including globalization, social crisis, human migration, religious revivalism, the peoples of South Asia, Islamic cultures, anthropological writing, and street children.