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October 23, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Sheri Lynn Gibbings

Assistant Professor (Currently On Leave)

Contact Information
Phone: ext.2362

Office Location: DAWB 5-112
Office Hours: See syllabi of current term, MyLearningSpace or by appointment only.
Languages Spoken


Academic Background

Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2011
M.A., Anthropology, York University
B.Sc., Biology, McGill University


I am a socio-cultural anthropologist specializing in Southeast Asia and Indonesia. My ethnographic research in Indonesia has focused on the social and cultural effects of democratic change on the urban underclass in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In particular, my research explores democratic change from the perspective of street vendors, government officials, and NGOs entangled in battles over public space.

Research Interests 

  • Social cultural anthropology
  • urban anthropology
  • democracy and transparency
  • social movements and activism
  • street vending
  • Java, Indonesia, Southeast Asia
Additional Information

Classes taught at Laurier:

  • Global Methods (GS 202)
  • Globalization and Southeast Asia (GS 302)
  • Cities and Citizens (AF 101T)
  • Global Studies in Practice (GS 398)


2013   Gibbings, Sheri Lynn. "Unnamed Interests and Informal Leaders:
A Street Vendor Relocation in Yogyakarta City." Indonesia 96(October):151–183.

2013   Gibbings, Sheri Lynn. "Unseen Powers and Democratic Detectives:
Street Vendors in an Indonesian City." Special Issue, "Figuring Urban Transformation,"
City & Society 25(2):235–259.

2012   Gibbings, Sheri Lynn, and Fridus Steijlen. "Colonial Figures:
Memories of Street Traders in the Colonial and Early Post-colonial Periods."
Public History Review 19:63–85.


2011   Gibbings, Sheri. No Angry Women at the UN: Political Dreams and
the Cultural Politics of the United Nations Security Council
Resolution 1325. International Journal of Feminist Politics. 13(4)
December: 532-548.

2009   Barker, Joshua, and Johan Lindquist, with Tom Boellstoff, Chris
Brown, Aryo Danusiri, Dadi Darmadi, Sheri Gibbings, Jesse Grayman,
James Hoesterey, Carla Jones, Doreen Lee, Daromir Rudnyckyj, Rachel
Silvey, and Karen Strassler. “Figures of Indonesian Modernity.”
Indonesia 87:35-72.

2004   Cohn, Carol, Sheri Gibbings, and Helen Kinsella. “Women, Peace,
and Security: Security Council Resolution 1325.” International
Feminist Journal of Politics 6(1):130-140.