Alexander Dent

George Washington University


Dr. Alexander Dent is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University. Dr. Dent's current research uses digital textuality as a way to critique the violent policing of media “piracy,” and the use of intellectual property laws to curtail participation in global economies.  He is also engaged in an analysis of the role of “confidence” in establishing political and economic authority.   Finally, he is focusing on Brazilian punk-rock in order to understand the role of music in fostering social change.  His last book analyzed the post-authoritarian popularity of Brazilian "country" music and rodeo as a way to unify theories of performance from linguistic anthropology, media, cultural, and performance studies.

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Read some recent articles by Dent:

“Paraguayan Horses: The Entailments of Internet Policy and Law in Brazil”Current Anthropology


“Intellectual Property in Practice: Filtering Testimony at the United States Trade Representative”Journal of Linguistic Anthropology

“Piracy, Circulatory Legitimacy, and Neoliberal Subjectivity in Brazil”Cultural Anthropology