PhD, University of Chicago
Educated in the Netherlands and United States, Patricia Spyer obtained her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She was a William Rainey Harper Fellow in the University of Chicago’s College and a founding member of the Research Center Religion & Society at the University of Amsterdam. From 2001 through 2015 she held the Chair of Cultural Anthropology of Contemporary Indonesia at Leiden University. She was Global Distinguished Professor at New York University’s Center for Religion & Media and Department of Anthropology (2009-12), and a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University in 2014. She is the author of The Memory of Trade: Modernity’s Entanglements on an Eastern Indonesian Island, Duke 2000, editor of Border Fetishisms: Material Objects in Unstable Spaces, Routledge 1998, co-editor of the Handbook of Material Culture, Sage 2013  and of Images That Move, SAR Press, 2013. She has published, among other topics, on violence, media and visual culture, materiality, and religion. Her current book project Orphaned Landscapes: Violence, Visuality, and the Work of Appearances in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia focuses on the mediations of violence and post-violence in the religiously inflected conflict in the Moluccas, Indonesia. She is an editorial board member of the Annual Review of Anthropology, a member of the Advisory Council of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and a board member of the Prince Claus Fund.
- Images That Move (co-editor, with Mary Margaret Steedly) Santa Fe, NM: School of Advanced Research, 2013.
- Handbook of Material Culture (co-editor, with Webb Keane, Susanne Kuechler, Michael Rowlands, Chris Tilley) London: Sage. Paperback edition, 2013.
- Handbook of Material Culture (co-editor, with Webb Keane, Susanne Kuechler, Michael Rowlands, Chris Tilley) London: Sage, 2006.
- The Memory of Trade: Modernity's Entanglements on an Eastern Indonesian Island Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000.
- Border Fetishisms: Material Objects in Unstable Spaces (ed.), New York and London: Routledge, 1998.
- “Streetwise Masculinity and Other Urban Performances of Postwar Ambon: A Photo-Essay” in Kathryn Robinson, ed. Growing Up in Indonesia: Experiences and Diversity in Youth Transitions (forthcoming with KITLV Press), 2015.
- “Treacherous Matters or Some Notes Towards a Symptomatology of Crisis” Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief, Guest eds. Adam Becker and Ra’anan Boustan, Special Issue on ‘Matter of Contention: Relics and Other Sacred Objects at the Crossroads of Religious Tradition,’ Volume 10(4): 494-513, 2014.
- “Art Under Siege: Perils and Possibilities of Aesthetic Forms in a Globalizing World” in Raminder Kaur and Parul Mukherjee, eds. Art and Aesthetics in a Globalizing World (Oxford: Berg, ASA Monographs), 2014.
- “After Violence – A Discussion” in Eric Tagliocozzo, ed. Producing Indonesia: The State of the Field of Indonesian Studies (Ithaca, NY: Southeast Asia Program Publications, pp.47-62), 2014.
- Images That Move, co-editor with Mary Margaret Steedly (Santa Fe, NM: School of Advanced Research Press), 2013.
- “Introduction,” Images That Move, co-editor with Mary Margaret Steedly (Santa Fe, NM: School of Advanced Research Press), 2013.
- “Images Without Borders: Violence, Visuality, and Landscape in Postwar Ambon, Indonesia” in Patricia Spyer and Mary Steedly, eds. Images That Move (Santa Fe, NM: School of Advanced Research Press), 2013.
- “What Ends With the End of Anthropology?” Paideuma 56: 145-163, 2010.
- "In and Out of the Picture: Photography, Ritual, and Modernity in Aru, Indonesia" in Rosalind C. Morris, ed. Photographies East: The Camera and its Histories in East and Southeast Asia (Duke University Press), 2009.
- “Blind Faith: Painting Christianity in Postconflict Ambon” Special Issue eds. Charles Hirschkind and Brian Larkin, Social Text 96 (3): 11-37, 2008.
- “Christ at Large: Iconography and Territoriality in Postwar Ambon, Indonesia” in Hent de Vries, ed. Religion. Beyond a Concept (New York: Fordham University Press), 2008.
- “Some Notes on Disorder in the Indonesian Postcolony,” in John L. and Jean Comaroff, eds. Law and Disorder in the Postcolony (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), 2006.
- “Editorial Introduction”(with the other editors) in Webb Keane, Susanne Kuechler, Michael Rowlands, Patricia Spyer, and Chris Tilley, eds. Handbook of Material Culture (London: Sage), 2006.
- “Introduction to Section II: Body, Materiality, and the Senses” in Webb Keane, Susanne Kuechler, Michael Rowlands, Patricia Spyer, and Chris Tilley, eds. Handbook of Material Culture (London: Sage), 2006.
- "Media of Violence in an Age of Transparency: Journalistic Writing on War-Torn Maluku, Indonesia," in Birgit Meyer and Annelies Moors, eds. Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere (Bloomington, ID: Indiana University Press), 2006.