Professor Aihwa Ong

Professor of Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

Aihwa Ong is Professor of Socio-cultural Anthropology and Asian studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She also serves on the Blum Center for Developing Economies and the Global Metropolitan Studies at Berkeley. Her research examines how the flows of capital, technology, and peoples shape emerging global environments, cultures, and citizenship regimes in the Asia Pacific.

Ong is the author of Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline 2nd Edition (2010); Flexible Citizenship (1999); Buddha is Hiding (2003); and Neoliberalism as Exception (2006). Co-edited volumes include Global Assemblages (2005); Asian Biotech (2010); and Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments in the Art of Being Global (2011). “What Marco Polo Forgot: Contemporary Chinese Art Reconfigures the Global” is forthcoming in Current Anthropology.

Her writings have been translated into European languages, Japanese, and Chinese.

The recipient of book awards and major grants, Ong has lectured in universities and international meetings, including the World Economic Forum, Davos (2007). She served as Chair of the US National Committee on the Pacific Science Association, 2009-2011.