Sylvia Tidey

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Global Studies

Brooks Hall 208

Sylvia Tidey is a cultural anthropologist with an interest in the ethics of care in family intimacies amidst particular socio–political notions of the good life. 

She has conducted a pair of research projects in Indonesia addressing corruption and gender nonconformity. For her dissertation project, Sylvia focused on the effects of anticorruption initiatives on civil service corruption in eastern Indonesia. Her second, ongoing project is examining the intersection of global and local circulations of HIV care and LGBT activism in Indonesia, through the prisms of happiness and gender nonconformity.

Sylvia is working on two book manuscripts based on these research projects. Articles on her research have appeared, or are forthcoming, in American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, and Current Anthropology. 

Sylvia obtained her PhD degree from the University of Amsterdam in 2012, and completed a postdoctoral position at the same university. She obtained her MA degree (with distinction) in 2006 and her BA degree (with distinction) in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology from the University of Leiden.


family, care, corruption, bureaucracy, the state, transparency, opacity, sex, sexuality, (trans)gender, HIV/AIDS, becoming, Indonesia.

Faculty and Staff

Ruth Gaare Bernheim

William Hobson Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Director of the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life

Rebecca Stangl

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

Jarrett Zigon

Director of the Bioethics Program, William & Linda Porterfield Chair in Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Anthropology

Sahar Akhtar

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

James F. Childress

University Professor & John Allen Hollingsworth Prof, Ethic, Department of Religious Studies

Nichole Flores

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Margaret E. Mohrmann

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

China Scherz

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Sylvia Tidey

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Global Studies