Dr. Joshua Barker is Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education at the University of Toronto. Previously, he has served as Acting Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Director of the Asian Institute, and Vice Dean, Graduate Education, in the Faculty of Arts and Science. He received his B.A. from Trent University, his M.A. from SOAS at the University of London, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University.
A socio-cultural anthropologist, Barker conducts research primarily in Indonesia, where he has examined various themes relating to his three main topics of interest: urban studies, socio-technical innovation, and crime and security. He has published articles in a range of journals, including: Anthropologica; Bijdragen tot de taal-, land-en volkenkunde; Culture, Theory and Critique; Current Anthropology; Language and Communication; Social Analysis; Third World Quarterly; and Oceania. He is also the co-editor of two books, Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity (U. Hawaii Press) and State of Authority: State in Society in Indonesia (SEAP, Cornell U.). In 2009 Barker delivered the Malinowski Memorial Lecture at the London School of Economics. He has served as editor of City & Society and is currently a contributing editor of the Cornell University Press journal, Indonesia.