Faculty & Staff

Andrea Molnar

Ph.D., Australian National University, 1995; Professor

Professor Molnar is a cultural anthropologist with special topical interests in religion, symbolism, Islam, social organization, political anthropology, language, and ecological anthropology, and culture change. Her area specialization is Southeast Asia, Indonesia, East Timor and Southern Thailand. She has conducted field research with the Hoga Sara, Hoga Taka, and Soa cultural groups of west central Flores and the Manggarai people of west Flores in eastern Indonesia; with the Atsabe Kemak group in East Timor (Timor Leste); with Muslim women among the Malay ethnic minority of Thailand.

Professor Molnar's past research in Flores (Indonesia) focused on culture change, specifically, the effects of recent rapid agricultural and economic modernization on the indigenous belief system, land tenure, ecology and gender relations of the people. She is currently examining the socio-political effects of regional autonomy. Research in East Timor focused on Kemak social organization and cosmology. Her current research interest and long term project concerns the Kemak people's conceptions of power vis-à-vis dynamic interactions between the traditional socio-political system and the new state system. In Southern Thailand’s Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, and Satun regions she is conducting research on Muslim women’s political engagement in civil society.

Professor Molnar teaches courses in general cultural anthropology, social organization, political anthropology, anthropology of religion, ritual and myth, and religion and cosmology of Southeast Asia, Muslim cultures in anthropological perspective.

Selected Publications

Timor Leste: Politics, History, and Culture. London and New York: Routledge. (December 17, 2009) Refereed

'Died in the Service or Portugal': Legitimacy of Authority and dynamics of Group Identity among the Atsabe Kemak in East Timor. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. 37(2):335-355, 2006.

East Timor: An Introduction to the History, Politics and Culture of Southeast Asia’s Youngest Nation. A complete introductory course and resources for undergraduates as well as graduate students and professionals for research in East Timor. Web Course. www.seasite.niu.edu/EastTimor/default.htm, 2005.

An Anthropological Study of Atsabe Perceptions of Kolimau 2000. A New East Timorese Religious Cult or Internal Security Problem? Anthropos, 99(2):365-380, 2004.

Di Pinggir Konflik: Kekerasan, Politik dan Kehidupan Sehari-hari di Indonesia Bagian Timur; Introduction (On the edge of conflict: violence, politics and daily life in eastern Indonesia: Introduction). In Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia. No. 74. 2004. pp. iii-viii.

Bubandt, Nils and Andrea K. Molnar (eds.) Menghadapi konflik: Indonesia Timur di Antara desentralisasi dan kerusuhan [Facing Conflict: Eastern Indonesia between decentralization and unrest. [in both English and Indonesian languages], co-edited with Nils Bubandt, 2004.

Traditional village leadership patterns among the Hoga Sara of Flores in eastern Indonesia. In Contributions to Southeast Asian Ethnography. Anthony R. Walker Editor. No. 12.pp.247-73, 2004.

Grandchildren of the Gae Ancestors: Social Organization and Cosmology of the Hoga Sara of Flores. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2000.

Considerations of Consequences of Rapid Agricultural Modernization Among Two Ngada Communities. Special Edition of Flores Cultures. Molnar, A.K. (ed.) Antropologi Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia: Universitas Indonesia 22(56): 47-58, 1999.

Christianity and Traditional Religion among the Hoga Sara of West-Central Flores. Anthropos, (92): 393-408,1997.

Local Adjustments and Attitudes to Development and the Environment in West Flores (eastern Indonesia) In Managing Change in Southeast Asia: Local Identities, Global Connections. G. Forth, S. Niessen and J. de Bernardi, eds. Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, 1995.