Civilizations

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús

Faculty Associate. Associate Professor of African American Religions, Harvard Divinity School.

Research interests: Ethnography of transnational religions; African diaspora religious studies; transnational feminisms; anthropology of media and the internet; postcolonial and critical theory; anthropology of the Caribbean and Latin America; media, film, and cultural studies; and race, gender, and sexuality.

45 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 384-8096
Anya Bernstein

Anya Bernstein

Faculty Associate (on leave 2017–2018). Assistant Professor of Anthropology and of Social Studies, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.

Research interests: Russia, Eurasia, and North Asia; religion; transnational processes; indigeneity; body politics; secularism; sovereignty; the anthropology of death; media; materiality; and visual culture.

William James Hall 336
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-8355
Theodore C. Bestor

Theodore C. Bestor

Faculty Associate. Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies; Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.

Research interests: Food culture and globalization; cultural heritage preservation as an aspect of cultural diplomacy; markets and the cultural construction of economic institutions; global seafood industries and commodity chains; globalization of the food supply; natural resources and regimes of ownership; and Japan, Korea, East Asia, North America, and Europe.

1730 Cambridge Street
Room S241
Cambridge, MA 02138
f: (617) 496-8083
p: (617) 495-3220
Peter K. Bol

Peter K. Bol

Faculty Associate. Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Vice Provost for Advances in Learning;
Founding Director, Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University; Harvard College Professor.

Research interests: Intellectual, social, and cultural change in China since the seventh century.

2 Divinity Avenue
Room 221
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-8361
Genevieve Clutario

Genevieve Clutario

Faculty Associate (on leave 2017–2018). Assistant Professor, Department of History, Harvard University.

Research interests: Cultural and social history of imperialism and Asia, with an emphasis on the Philippines and United States and Spanish empires; transnational approaches to gender, race, and colonialism particularly in relation to Filipino histories; Asian immigration and diasporas; US empire; comparative colonialisms; and material and visual cultures.

Robinson 217
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-3035
Mark C. Elliott

Mark C. Elliott

Faculty Associate. Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Department of History; Vice Provost for International Affairs;
Director, Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.

Research interests: Modern Chinese history; historical relations between China and Inner Asia; Chinese frontier history; and comparative ethnic identity and nationalism.

2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-5343
Rowan Flad

Rowan Flad

Faculty Associate. John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.

Research interests: The archaeology of ancient China from a comparative perspective, focusing on production and technology; mortuary analysis; archaeological landscapes; inter-regional interaction; and animal and plant domestication.

11 Divinity Avenue
Peabody Museum 57G
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-1966
Michael Herzfeld

Michael Herzfeld

Faculty Associate. Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology; Curator of European Ethnology, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.
Research interests: Politics and nationalism in Southern Europe and Southeast Asia; politics of historic conservation; comparative nationalism in ethnographic perspective; eviction; housing rights; and digital media.
William James Hall 382
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-5190
Kane

Ousmane Kane

Faculty Associate. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School;
Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.

Research interests: The study of Islam and Muslim societies in Africa; religion and transnational migration; and Islamic intellectual history.

Andover Hall
45 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Paul Kosmin

Paul Kosmin

Faculty Associate. Assistant Professor of the Classics, Department of the Classics, Harvard University.

Research interests: Hellenistic imperialism and diplomacy; ancient ethnography; and interactions between the Greek and Near Eastern worlds.

204 Boylston Hall
Department of the Classics
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-4027
Roderick MacFarquhar

Roderick MacFarquhar

Faculty Associate (emeritus). Leroy B. Williams Research Professor of History and Political Science, Department of Government, Harvard University.

Research interests: China’s cultural revolution; legislative bodies in Taiwan and China; two centuries of revolutionary change in China; political identity; and the roots of the differences between Chinese and Indian civilizations.

1730 Cambridge Street
Room S133
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-2810
Peter Der Manuelian

Peter Der Manuelian

Faculty Associate. Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology, Departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and of Anthropology; Director, Harvard Semitic Museum, Harvard University.

Research interests: Ancient and modern Egyptian history; the Giza Pyramids; archaeology; epigraphy; hieroglyphs; digital humanities; and cultural preservation.

6 Divinity Avenue
Semitic Museum
Cambridge, MA 02138
f: (617) 496-8904
p: (617) 496-8558
George  Paul Meiu

George Paul Meiu

Faculty Associate. Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African and African American Studies, Departments of African and African American Studies and Anthropology, Harvard University.

Research interests: Race; ethnicity; sexuality and sexual citizenship; kinship; gender; economic anthropology; historical anthropology; East Africa; and Kenya.

Tozzer Anthropology Building 213
21 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-3462
Michael Puett

Michael Puett

Faculty Associate. Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Harvard College Professor; Chair, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University.
Research interests: Chinese history; Chinese religions; historical anthropology; comparative history; comparative anthropology of statecraft; and political theory.
2 Divinity Avenue
Room 226A
Cambridge, MA 02138
f: (617) 496-6040
p: (617) 495-8360
James Robson

James Robson

Faculty Associate. Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.
Research interests: History of medieval Chinese Buddhism and Daoism; local religious history; talismans; religious art; and the historical development of Chan/Zen Buddhism; local religious history; and sacred geography.
2 Divinity Avenue
Room 227
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-8363