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Connor Rechtzigel is a second-year PhD student in Anthropology. He is broadly interested in the entanglements of religion, capitalism, and the state in Indonesia's booming halal economy. His ongoing research project, which he began as an undergraduate study abroad student in Indonesia, focuses on the halal tourism development initiative on the island of Lombok. Using ethnographic methods, Connor aims to explore questions about value, Islamic market indicators/rankings, gender and religious authority, and the meaning of the term "Islamic economy."
Originally from Minnesota, Connor holds a B.A. in Religion from Carleton College.
Southeast Asia; religion and ritual; commodities and capitalism; public culture