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David B. Hicks

Professor hicks
D. Phil., University of Oxford, 1973; Ph.D., University of London, 1971


Courses taught at Stony Brook include ANT351 Comparative Religion; ANT354 Family, Kinship, and Marriage; ANT310 (Classic Ethnographies), ANT310 (Indonesia)

Research Interests

My research involves the study of ritual, belief, oral literature, and kinship. Regionally, my work is focused on East Timor, Indonesia, and, more generally, Southeast Asia. My field research includes four periods of research in East Timor, staring in 1966 and continuing to the present time, totally about 21 months; and five months of field research in western Flores, Indonesia, in 1983 and 1986. My current investigations are into the politics of East Timor during the period 1974-1975, and my plans include fieldwork on the topic in that country from January to June 2005 as a Fulbright Scholar. The results of my research have appeared in four books and various papers.