Ivan V. Small is a sociocultural anthropologist and associate professor at Central Connecticut State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology and Southeast Asian studies from Cornell University, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in History from Boston College. Dr. Small is also a faculty affiliate with the Yale Council on Southeast Asia Studies and the UConn Asian & Asian American Studies Institute, and an executive board member of the War Legacies Project. Prior to joining CCSU in 2014 Dr. Small was a postdoctoral scholar with the Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion at the University of California Irvine, and a field study director with the India China Institute at The New School. Dr. Small has worked and consulted for nonprofits, foundations, and think tanks including the Smithsonian, Ford Foundation, and World Policy Institute.
Dr. Small's first anthropology research project investigated the social, spatial and material dimensions of international remittances to Vietnam. As a Fulbright-Hays fellow and visiting scholar at Vietnam National University from 2007-2009, he interviewed urban and rural remittance receiving households to examine changing economic capacities and forms of remittances, as well as shifts in local and transnational social and political relations from 1975 to present. He also conducted research among remittance senders in Vietnamese American communities in California. More recently, Dr. Small has examined transportation consumption and mobility patterns afforded by remittance technologies and other new financial capabilities, and how emerging economies in Asia are framed by culturally targeted design and marketing research. He is also principal investigator on a research project on Southeast Asian American suburban community formations.
Dr. Small's work has been published in a variety of disciplinary and area studies journals and edited volumes, including TRaNS: Trans -Regional and -National Studies of SE Asia, Journal of Consumer Culture, Limn, Mobility in History, Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in SE Asia, Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Visual Anthropology, and Current Anthropology. He is author of the book Currencies of Imagination: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnam (Cornell 2019). He is also co-editor of Money at the Margins: Global Perspectives on Technology, Financial Inclusion & Design (Berghahn 2018). He has also written numerous public op-eds on issues ranging from race and social justice to migration and sustainable development for local and global media such as the Connecticut Mirror and the South China Morning Post.
At Central Connecticut State, Dr. Small has been recognized for the Excellence in Teaching Honor Roll. He teaches in the Department of Anthropology as well as the International Studies, Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies, and Community Engagement Programs. He was coordinator of the East Asian Studies Program from 2016-2019, and serves as a Research Aligned (RAM) and Healthy Fellows mentor. Dr. Small offers introductory, advanced, and graduate courses in cultural and economic anthropology, social theory, Asian and Asian American studies, migration and transnationalism, research methods, and overseas field schools.
During academic year 2020-21 Dr. Small was on sabbatical leave, including an appointment as visiting senior research fellow at the Yusof Ishak Institute for Southeast Asian Studies' Vietnam Studies Programme in Singapore.