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

PhD, Columbia University, 1954

D. Honoris Causa: Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1985; Paris X-Nanterre, 1999; University of Michigan, 2001; St. Andrews, 2003; Minas Gerais, 2006; Sorbonne René Descartes, 2011; London School of Economics, 2011

Marshall Sahlins is presently doing research focused on the intersection of culture and history, especially as those play out in early-modern Pacific societies. He recently published a book of his anthropological and political essays ranging from the 60s through the 90s, and is working on two others: a set of studies in history and historiography and a multi-volume work on “The Polynesian War,” a history of the great Fijian War, 1843-1855. From time to time he drops these ethnographic particularities for high-flying cultural theory. (Retired June 1997; still teaching.)

Contact Information

Office: Haskell 125
Phone: (773) 702-7703

Selected Publications

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

Culture in Practice: Selected Essays. Zone Press.

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.

Waiting for Foucault. Prickly Paradigm Press (3rd ed.)

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

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

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

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

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

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.