Christian S. Hammons teaches cultural anthropology and ethnographic film. His research focuses on "societies against the state" and the politics of indigenous religion, exchange, tourism, development, and globalization in Southeast Asia. He has conducted more than three years of fieldwork among the forest-dwelling people on the island of Siberut in the Mentawai Islands off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. His work has been published in American Anthropologist and elsewhere, and he is currently Contributing Editor to Anthropology News. Dr. Hammons has also written, produced, and consulted on numerous documentaries, feature films, and television series. Among other grants, he received a Fulbright for establishing an indigenous media program that linked emerging filmmakers at the Indonesian Art Institute in Sumatra and the people with whom he has worked in the Mentawai Islands. He received his MFA in film production from the University of Southern California in 1998 and his PhD in anthropology from USC in 2010.