Dr. Dent received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. From 2003-04, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, and he held the Earl S. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago from 2004-05. He has done extensive fieldwork in Brazil, and comparative work in the United States in New Jersey, Oklahoma, Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL.
With support from the National Film Board of Canada and the Association of Independent Television Producers of Brazil, Dr. Dent is currently making a documentary film about the dramatic rise in popularity of rodeo in Brazil since redemocratization. This film will examine vernacular cosmopolitanism, and the way in which Brazilians simultaneously draw upon longstanding traditions, while borrowing from the United States, in their practice of bull-riding.
In 2006, Dr. Dent was appointed the Associate Editor of the journal Anthropological Quarterly. He has published in journals such as Popular Music and Society, The International Journal of the History of Sport, and Anthropological Quarterly.