Race And Ethnicity

The study of race and ethnicity, viewed as social and cultural phenomena, has always been integral to the anthropology as discipline of anthropology. At Harvard, research on these dimensions of difference has explored how their meaning and implications vary across time and space; how ethnographic evidence contests theories of biological determinism and primordial sentiment; how race and ethnicity are deployed as principles of social organization, as objects of scientific knowledge, as vehicles of identity and the production of value production, and as vectors of discrimination, critical consciousness, and political mobilization.

Gary  Urton

Gary Urton

Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies
Department Chair


Research and Teaching Interests: South American archaeology, ethnohistory and ethnology; ancient accounting and...

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Peabody Museum 557A
21 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Chair Business Contact:
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Michael  Herzfeld

Michael Herzfeld

Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences
Director, Thai Studies Program, Asia Center
On Leave Spring 2018


Research and Teaching Interests: Social theory, history of Anthropology, social poetics, politics of history;...

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