The Catholic University of America

Jon W. Anderson, Ph.D.

IPR Fellow
Email: anderson[at]
Phone: (202) 319-5080
Department: Department of Anthropology

Dr. Anderson (PhD, University of North Carolina, 1979) is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at The Catholic University of America. His research and teaching cover areas from social anthropology, political anthropology, religion, language & culture, the information society, social theory, the Middle East, Islam.

More specifically, Dr. Anderson's main interests are: contemporary globalization and the multiple social forms and experiences of transnational relations; information technology; the expanding public spheres and their impact on development; ideas of social justice and participation in today's rapidly evolving world order. As an anthropologist, Dr. Anderson’s approach to these issues, which engage the whole palette of the social sciences, is cross-cultural and comparative.

Examples of research projects include his works on the spread and social impact of the Internet in the Middle East and in the Muslim world, on cultural constructions of information technology, and on new media as crucial sites of institutional reconfiguration and cultural production, under conditions of globalization.

Some of his work on these issues is incorporated in a volume of studies he co-edited, New Media in the Muslim World: The Emerging Public Sphere (1999), while another volume that Dr. Andersond edited, Reformatting Politics: Information technology and Global Civil Society (2006), examines the ways in which new information and communication technologies (ICTs) are being used by civil society organizations (CSOs) to achieve their aims through activities and networks that cross national borders. With a colleague from the field of political science, he is currently working on a project on Internet and democratization.