Associate Professor


Ph.D., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2001
M.A., SE Asian Studies, University of California Berkeley, 1993
B.A., Anthropology, University of California Berkeley, 1991

CAS Speaker Bureau Topic(s)

Indonesia; Islam; gender; middle-class consumption

Regional and Thematic Interests

Southeast Asia


Carla Jones received her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2001 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She joined CU in 2004, after a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University. Her current research focuses on Islamic fashion. She is also interested in gender and consumption in the context of middle-class families in urban Indonesia. She has published on domesticity, gendered forms of expertise, the transformation of manners, and fashion. One strain of her scholarship asks how theories of materiality explain or fail to explain the embodied pleasures and burdens middle-class women carry in contemporary Indonesia. She is particularly interested in debates within Indonesia about the linked rise of consumer capitalism and Islamic piety. She grew up in Southeast Asia and loves to share her enthusiasm about the region in her teaching. She teaches courses on globalization, modernity, Islam and social theory.

Selected Publications

2012 Jones, Carla “Women in the Middle: Femininity, Virtue, and Excess in Indonesian Discourses of Middle-Classness.” The Middle Classes: Theorizing Through Ethnography. Pp. 145-167. Rachel Heiman, Carla Freeman, and Mark Liechty, eds. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press.