CIGS Speaker Series: Dr. Christina Dames
Dr. Christina Dames
Anthropology and Sociology Department
“Microfinance and Human Cooperation in West Kalimantan, Indonesia”
Dr. Christina Dames is a cultural anthropologist who earned her B.A. degree in anthropology at Truman University and her MA and PhD at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her current research interests include human cooperation, trust, rotating savings and credit associations (ROSCAS), credit, debt, and bankruptcy. She conducted 17 months of field research in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, in which she investigated the use of ROSCAS (locally known as arisan), indigenous credit unions, and microfinance services offered by major banks such as the Bank Rakyat Indonesia. She was awarded a Fulbright Award and a Boren Fellowship to conduct this research and was the recipient of three foreign language area studies awards during intensive study of the Bahasa Indonesia. Her research on cooperation and trust has been published in the journals Human Nature, the Journal of International and Global Studies, and in a recent book titled Culture in the Cosmos.