CCSU Anthropology

Ivan V. Small
(860) 832 2611

Ivan V. Small is a sociocultural anthropologist and assistant professor at Central Connecticut State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology and Southeast Asian studies from Cornell University, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in History from Boston College. Dr. Small is also a faculty affiliate with the Yale Council on Southeast Asia Studies, the UConn Asian & Asian American Studies Institute, and an executive board member of the War Legacies Project. Prior to joining CCSU in 2014 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 worked and consulted for nonprofits, foundations, and think tanks including the Smithsonian, Ford Foundation, and World Policy Institute.

Dr. Small's first project investigated 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 interviewed 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 and edited volumes, including Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Mobility in History, Current Anthropology, Visual Anthropology, and Figures of Modernity in Southeast Asia. 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 Central Connecticut State Dr. Small teaches introductory and advanced courses in cultural and economic anthropology, globalization and transnational studies, migration and diaspora studies, social theory, qualitative research methods, and Asian studies.