Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College

PhD, Columbia University, 1954

D. Honoris Causis: Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1985; University of Paris X-Nanterre, 1999; University of Michigan, 2001; St. Andrews University, Scotland, 2003; Universidad Federale de Minas Gerais, 2006; The London School of Economics, 2011; University of Paris V (René Descartes), 2011; McGill University, 2017.

Chevalier de l'Ordre de Arts et des Lettres, French Ministry of Culture, 2011
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1976-2021

Lecturer in Anthropolgy, Columbia University (1955-57)
Assistant, Associate, and Professor, University of Michigan (1957-1973)
Professor, Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago (1973-2021, retired 1997)

Co-founder and Executive Publisher, Prickly Paradigm Press


Selected Publications

Author of nineteen books and more than one hundred articles and essays, translated into twenty languages:

2022 
The New Science of the Enchanted Universe. Princeton University Press, forthcoming.

2017
On Kings, with David Graeber. University of Chicago Press.

2013
What Kingship Is -- and Is Not. University of Chicago Press.

2008
The Western Illusion of Human Nature. Prickly Paradigm Press.

2004
Apologies to Thucydides: Understanding History as Culture and Vice Versa.  University of Chicago Press.

2002
Waiting for Foucault, Still.  Prickly Paradigm Press.

2000
Culture in Practice: Selected Essays. Zone Press.

2000
Ethnographic Experience and Sentimental Pessimism: Why Culture is Not a Disappearing Object. In L. Daston, ed., Biographies of Scientific Objects. University of Chicago Press, 158-293.

1999
Waiting for Foucault. Cambridge: Prickly Pear Press Pamphlets, 1993/1996/1999 (3 editions).

1999
Two or Three Things That I Know About Culture. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 5: 399-422.

1999
What is Anthropological Enlightenment? Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century. Annual Review of Anthropology, 28:i-xxiii.

1996
The Sadness of Sweetness: The Native Anthropology of Western Cosmology. Current Anthropology, 37:395-415.

1995
How “Natives” Think: About Captain Cook, For Example. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

1993
Good-bye Tristes Tropes: Ethnography in the Context of Modern World History. Journal of Modern History, 65:1-25.

1992
Anahulu: The Anthropology of History in the Kingdom of Hawaii (with Patrick Kirch), Vol. 1, Historical Ethnography (Sahlins); Vol. 2, Archaeology (Kirch). University of Chicago.

1985
Islands of History. University of Chicago Press.

1981
Historical Metaphors and Mythical Realities: Structure in the Early History of the Sandwich Islands Kingdom. Association for Social Anthropologists in Oceania, Special Publication No. 1. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan.

1976
Culture and Practical Reason. University of Chicago Press.

1976
The Use and Abuse of Biology.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

1972
Stone Age Economics. Chicago: Aldine-Atherton. (Second edition with new Preface, London: Routledge, 2003)

1968
Tribesmen. Englewod Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

1962
Moala: Culture and Nature on a Fijian Island. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

1960
Evolution and Culture, edited with E.R. Service. (Written in this book: "Introduction" pp. 1-12, and Chapter 1, "Evolution: Specific and General" pp. 12-44).  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

1959
Social Stratification in Polynesia. Monograph of the American Ethnological Society, Seattle: University of Washington Press.