Lieba Faier

Lieba Faier

Associate Professor
Ladder Faculty

Office: 1255 BUNCHE HALL


Phone: 3108253525


(Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz, 2003) is an Associate Professor with research interests in cultural and spatial theory, feminist thought, ethnography, political economy, weather and natural resources, and relations among Japan, Southeast Asia, and the United States. She teaches classes on culture and place, gender and sexuality, global interconnection, human rights, and Japan.


Ph.D. Anthropology (Women’s Studies), University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003

M.A. Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1996

B.A. World Arts and Cultures (Anthropology), University of California, Los Angeles, 1993


My work brings ethnographic and feminist approaches to understanding the spatial and cultural dynamics of contemporary transnational processes, particularly as these pertain to people's lives in Japan, the Philippines, and the United States.

Selected Publications

Grants & Awards


ACLS Fellowship, the American Council of Learned Societies, 2017-2018

Howard Fellowship, the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation at Brown University, 2017-2018

Hellman Fellowship, 2011-2012

Toyota Foundation Grant (with Tim Choy, Michael Hathaway, Miyako Inoue, Shiho Satsuka, and Anna Tsing for the Matsutake Worlds Research Group), 2007-2009

SSRC Abe Fellowship, 2006-2008

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell University, The Society for the Humanities and the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, 2004-2005

Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellowship, University of California, San Diego, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, 2003-2004

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Grant, 2000

Fulbright Fellowship (Japan), 1998-2000

Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and College Honors, University of California, Los Angeles, 1993

Graduate Students

Timur Hammond, Assistant Professor of Geography, Syracuse University