James B. Hoesterey

Associate Professor

Office: S209 Callaway Memorial Center

Phone: 404-727-6081

Fax: 404-727-7597

Email: jbhoesterey@emory.edu

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Religion

Emory University
537 Kilgo Cir., Callaway S214

Atlanta, GA 30322


James B. Hoesterey, Assistant Professor. Jim Hoesterey received his BA from Marquette University, his MA from University of South Carolina, and his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining Emory, he was the Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Islamic Studies at Lake Forest College, and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) New Faculty Fellow at University of Michigan. His research and teaching interests include: Islam; popular culture; new media; moral subjectivity; religious biography; and religious authority. His latest book, Rebranding Islam: Piety, Prosperity, and a Self-help Guru (Stanford University Press, November 2015), chronicles the rise, fall, and rebranding of celebrity televangelist Kyai Haji Abdullah Gymnastiar.

Hoesterey was chair of the Indonesia-Timor Leste Studies Committee at the Association for Asian Studies (2011-2015) and currently serves as Secretary at the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS). He also serves on the board for the Commission for Visual Anthropology (CVA) and has worked on several documentary films in Indonesia and Ethiopia, broadcast worldwide on Discovery Channel, National Geographic International, Travel Channel, and the BBC.