Mark Liechty is a cultural anthropologist with a joint appointment between the departments of Anthropology and History at UIC. Liechty is a South Asianist whose research focuses on Nepali history and society. His research and teaching interests include class theory and social organization, mass media, consumer culture, cultural history, social and cultural theory, tourism, youth culture, globalization, and South Asian history. Recent publications include Suitably Modern: Making Middle Class Culture in a New Consumer Society (Princeton University Press, 2003), and “Carnal Economies: The Commodification of Food and Sex in Kathmandu” (Cultural Anthropology 20:1-38). Liechty is currently working on a history of tourism in Nepal from 1950 to 1980. He also serves as co-editor of the Nepal Studies journal Studies in Nepali History and Society.