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Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Tom Boellstorff is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of
California, Irvine. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, he is the author of many articles and the books The Gay Archipelago (Princeton
University Press, 2005); A Coincidence of Desires (Duke University Press, 2007); and
Coming of Age in Second Life (Princeton University Press, new edition 2015). He is also the
coauthor of Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method (Princeton University
Press, 2012), and the coeditor of Data, Now Bigger and Better (Prickly Paradigm Press,
2015). With Bill Maurer, he is Series Editor for the Princeton Studies in Culture and
Technology (Princeton University Press). A former Editor-in-Chief of American
Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association, he
currently sits on the editorial boards of many journals, including Games and Culture and


  • –present
    Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine


  • 2000 
    Stanford University, Anthropology