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


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Research and Teaching Interests: South American archaeology, ethnohistory and Read more about Gary Urton

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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

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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

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