CCSU Anthropology

Ivan V. Small

ivansmall@ccsu.edu
(860) 832 2611


Ivan V. Small is a sociocultural anthropologist and assistant professor at Central Connecticut State University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology with a focus in Southeast Asian studies from Cornell University. He also holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in History from Boston College. Prior to CCSU Dr. Small was a postdoctoral scholar at the Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California Irvine, and a field study director with the India China Institute at The New School. Dr. Small has also worked and consulted for nonprofits, foundations, and think tanks including the Smithsonian, Ford Foundation, and World Policy Institute.

Dr. Small's research investigates the social, spatial and material dimensions of international remittances to Vietnam. As a Fulbright-Hays fellow and visiting scholar at Vietnam National University from 2007-2009, he conducted research among urban and rural remittance receiving households to examine changing economic capacities and forms of remittances, as well as shifts in local and transnational social and political relations from 1975 to present. He also conducted research among remittance senders in Vietnamese American communities in California. His latest project examines consumption patterns afforded by remittances and other new financial capabilities, and how emerging economies in Asia are framed by culturally targeted design and marketing research.

Dr. Small's work has been published in a variety of disciplinary and area studies journals, including Environment & Planning A, Sojourn, and the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, and various edited volumes including Figures of Modernity in Southeast Asia (Hawaii 2013). He is finalizing a book entitled Currencies of Imagination: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnamese Remittance Economies as well as a co-edited volume entitled Money at the Margins: Global Perspectives on Technology, Financial Inclusion & Design.

At CCSU Dr. Small teaches introductory and advanced courses in cultural and economic anthropology, globalization and transnational studies, migration and diaspora studies, qualitative research, and Asian studies.