Imam Ardhianto is currently a lecturer in Anthropology Department at Universitas Indonesia.He holds his master degree from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales (EHESS) Paris on the subject of contemporary religious movement in Indonesia. His previous research elaborates the politics on public sphere among urban youth Muslim in contemporary Jakarta. He is now PhD Candidate at the Insitute of Ethnology, Albert Ludwig Universitat de Freiburg and a recipient of Lisa Maskell PhD Fellowship from Gerda Henkel Stiftung.

His main research interest is in the relation between the contradiction of globalization, mass media, and religious changes. Specifically, he explores how the globalizing effects of world religions (Islam and Christianity) intertwined with the process of states formations and changing socio-economic order. His PhD subject is a long duree analysis of religious change among the Kenyah in Central Upland Borneo from 1929-2016 and its relation with their construction of world-making, the separation between culture and religion (Agama vs Budaya), and the political consequences of these changes.