Political Anthropology

Political anthropologists have been most concerned with the contextual specificity of political processes, the mechanisms through which localities are incorporated into larger scales of social, economic, and political life, and the sentiments and meanings that people bring to their political practices. Our faculty engages with a variety of political phenomena such as state formation and governance, the meanings and practices of liberalism and neoliberalism, the political economic dimensions of social and cultural change, the politics of social and biological reproduction, social movements, and the changing contours of citizenship.

Michael  Herzfeld

Michael Herzfeld

Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences
Director, Thai Studies Program, Asia Center
On leave AY 2016-17

 

Research and Teaching Interests: Social theory, history of Anthropology, social poetics, politics of history; Europe (especially Read more about Michael Herzfeld

Tozzer Anthropology Building 311
21 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-5190
Susan  Greenhalgh

Susan Greenhalgh

John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Professor of Chinese Society
On Leave AY 2016-17

 

Research and Teaching Interests: Social Studies of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Anthropology of the State, Governance, and Read more about Susan Greenhalgh

Tozzer Anthropology Building 308
21 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-7826