Daromir Rudnyckyj is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria, Canada. His research addresses globalization, religion, development, Islamic finance, and the state in Southeast Asia, focusing on Indonesia and Malaysia. His current project examines the globalization of Islamic finance and analyzes efforts to make Kuala Lumpur the “New York of the Muslim World” by transforming it into the central node in a transnational Islamic financial system. His book, Spiritual Economies: Islam, Globalization, and the Afterlife of Development (Cornell University Press, 2010), was awarded a Sharon Stephens Prize from the American Ethnological Society. Dr. Rudnyckyj has published essays in the Journal of Asian Studies, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Social Text, Anthropological Theory, JRAI, Political and Legal Anthropology Review, and elsewhere. His research has been supported by the American Council for Learned Societies, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and other scholarly foundations.
His courses focus on a variety of topics, including globalization, the anthropology of knowledge, liberalism and neoliberalism, development, sovereignty and the state, religion, colonialism and post-colonialism, Islam, and Southeast Asia. He welcomes applications from students working on a variety of topics including: (1) globalization and development; (2) contemporary religious practices; (3) social change and emergent forms of living; (4) neoliberalism, financialization, and knowledge economies; (5) society and culture in Southeast Asia; (6) the anthropology of science, technology, and knowledge
He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Chicago.