About

Aloha! This is the website of Alex Golub. I’m an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

My work combines two different, but connected streams of research: First, a study of social change and the mining industry in Papua New Guinea with a focus on the Porgera gold mine in Enga province. Second, I study the on-line video game World of Warcraft and how players bring the culture of their actual lives into virtual worlds. In both of these areas, I study how the politics of small group interaction are shaped by the cultural expectations of political actors. My book on the mining industry in Papua New Guinea, Leviathans at the Gold Mine, was published by Duke University Press.

A prolific blogger with over a decade worth of experience online, I’m one of the co-founders of savageminds.org, the most popular cultural anthropology blog on the Internet. I’m also a long-time advocate for open access publishing and I’ve examined its effect on scholarly communication.

You can read more about my work at my Google Scholar site.