Name: Micah F. Morton
Link to your website or academic bio: http://www.niu.edu/clas/anthropology/about/faculty-directory/morton.shtml
Title: Assistant Professor
Current Institution: Northern Illinois University
Discipline(s): Anthropology, Southeast Asian Studies
Countries of interest: China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand
Languages spoken: English, Thai, Akha
I am a cultural anthropologist with expertise in political anthropology, ecological anthropology and religious studies. My work specifically focuses on borders and transnationalism, state-minority relations, social movements, religious and spiritual ecologies, religion and politics, ethnicity and nationalism and the global Indigenous Peoples’ movement.
My work highlights the multiple and shifting discursive forms and meanings of the categories of ethnicity, religion and Indigeneity as they travel and encounter diverse interlocutors. Geographically, I work in Mainland Southeast Asia and its borderlands with southwest China. My work further examines various dimensions of the sociocultural impacts of China’s rise on Southeast Asia. I have also done work in New York City at the United Nations headquarters where Indigenous activists from around the world gather each spring for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).