Jacob R. Hickman

Current Courses

​​Anthr 203 (Contemporary Theory)
Anthr 341 (Ethnonationalism and Southeast Asia)
Anthr 439 (Psychological Anthropology)
Anthr 442 (Ethnographic Research Design)
Anthr 443 (Ethnographic Data Analysis)
Anthr 490R (New Religious Movements, Ritual, and Modernity)
Anthr 499 (Senior Thesis)


PhD, University of Chicago, 2011
MA, University of Chicago, 2007
BS, Brigham Young University, 2005

Research Interest

Jacob R. Hickman’s current research interests include understanding how the processes of migration, displacement, and diaspora affect a host of cultural and psychological phenomena. He conducts transnational ethnographic fieldwork with Hmong communities in both Southeast Asia and the West, investigating religion, ritual practice, family life, moral thinking, and personhood. Jacob is particularly interested in understanding how characteristics of various resettlement communities impact these psychocultural dimensions of migrants’ experiences in various ways. His dissertation dealt with a comparative analysis of intergenerational moral discourse among Hmong in Thailand and the United States. For his next project, he will be looking at new religious dynamics that are emerging in the Hmong diaspora. These include messianic movements, new forms of transnational ritual networks, and changing religious ideologies and practices. This project entails comparative fieldwork in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, the United States, and other areas where the Hmong have resettled.

For more information on Jacob's research, field school, etc., please visit his website here.

Selected Publications

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Cassaniti, Julia L. and Jacob R. Hickman (2014). ​New Directions in the Anthropology of Morality. Anthropological Theory, 13(4): 251-262. doi: 10.1177/1463499614534371

Hickman, Jacob R. (2014). Ancestral Personhood and Moral Justification. Anthropological Theory, 13(4): 317-335. doi: 10.1177/1463499614534553

Hickman, Jacob R., and Allison DiBianca Fasoli (In Press). The Dynamics of Ethical Co-Occurrence: New Directions for Three Ethics Research. In, Moral Development in a Global World: Research from a Cultural-Developmental Perspective. Lene Arnett Jensen, Ed. Cambridge University Press.

​Hardy, Sam A., Lawrence J. Walker, Joseph A. Olsen, Ryan D. Woodbury, and Jacob R. Hickman. (2013). Moral identity as moral ideal self: Links to adolescent outcomes. Developmental Psychology, 50(1), 45-57. doi: 10.1037/a0033598​

Hickman, Jacob R. (2011). Morality and Personhood in the Hmong Diaspora: A Person-Centered Ethnography of Migration and Resettlement. (Doctoral Dissertation), University of Chicago, Chicago.

Hickman, Jacob R. (2010). Psychology and Anthropology. In, 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook. H. James Birx, Ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Hickman, Jacob R. (2007). “Is it the Spirit or the Body?”: Syncretism of Health Beliefs among Hmong Immigrants to Alaska. Annals of Anthropological Practice, 27:176-195. (formerly, NAPA Bulletin) Reprinted in: Sacred Realms: Readings in the Anthropology of Religion, Second Edition. (2009). R. Warms, J. Garber, & R. J. McGee, Eds. New York: Oxford University Press.