Dr. Steindorf is interested in processes of globalization especially as related to culture, women’s lives, and global media. Her doctoral research involved living in the village of Kothariya, India for 13 months from 2002–2003 observing connections between villagers’ lives and the television programs they watched. Dr. Steindorf has also used her knowledge of the Hindi language and Indian culture to direct two Principia College study abroad programs to Rajasthan, India in 2007 and 2009.
More recently, Dr. Steindorf has also become interested in issues related to forced migration and refugees. She developed this interest through her role as faculty advisor to Principia College’s Refugee Awareness Club (2006–09), her position as Education & Community Service co-chair for the International Institute’s Young Friends Network (2007–08), and through English tutoring for refugees and immigrants in the St. Louis area (2006–08).
Dr. Steindorf has presented academic papers resulting from her doctoral research at the London School of Economics as part of a workshop on “Mofussil India” (2009), the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (2008, 2006), the Annual Conference on South Asia (2008, 2006, 2004), the European Conference on Modern South Asia Studies (2004), the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center (2004), and at Syracuse University as part of their Gender and Globalization series (2004). She also organized a panel of Principia College students who presented their research conducted in India at the Central States Anthropological Society Annual meeting in 2010.
Publications: Invited journal article. Anthrologie et Sociétés (French-language peer-reviewed anthropology journal). Special Issue: MédiaMorphoses: la télévision, quell vecteur de changements?, Vol. 36, No. 1-2, 2012, Isabelle Henrion-Dourcy (ed.). “Now Villagers Are Not Backward. Now They Also Sell Pepsi in the Villages” : Impacts on Rural India of Urban-based Television Programming.”
JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES, “Book Review: South Asia Folklore: A Handbook.” Vol. 66, No. 4, Nov. 2007
SALT OMNIBUS 2000 creative nonfiction magazine with ethnographic research focus published by the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. “Pounding Ash” about Maine’s Native American basketmakers (article based on ethnographic research among with Penobscot, Passamaquaddy, Micmaq and Maliseet basketmakers).
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