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.
A National Science Foundation funded project (with Joel Kuipers and Joshua Bell of the Smithsonian) examining social inequality as manifested in cell phone use among Washington DC Teens.
Anth 0801: Piracy, Copying, and Culture
Anth 1004: Language in Culture and Society
Anth 3601: Language, Culture, and Cognition
Anth 3691: Topics: Media, Technology, and Performance
Anth 3702: Anthropology of Latin America
Anth 6104: Proseminar in Linguistic Anthropology
Anth 6591: Topics: Culture, Intellectual Property, and the Informal Economy
Anth 8695: Linguistic Field Methods