Bruce M. Knauft

Samuel C. Dobbs Professor of Anthropology &
Director, States at Regional Risk Project (SARR)

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Professor Knauft's research combines politico-economic and cultural analysis across different world areas. He is particularly interested in issues of collective and individual subjectivity in relation to structures of social inequality and political domination or disempowerment, both historically and in the present. Across geographic and temporal scales, Dr. Knauft has been concerned with the critical and comparative theorization of social and cultural responses to imperialism and neo-imperialism, on the one hand, and civil strife, on the other, including in circumstances of underdevelopment and responses to development schemes in different world areas. His publications have addressed issues of modernity and marginality, social and critical theory, politics and violence; and gender and sexuality.

For the past decade, Professor Knauft has conducted project work supported by the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation that investigates and practically brings together engaged scholars, civil society leaders, and policy makers across a range of developing countires in Africa and in Asia. He has directed the States at Regional Risk Project (SARR) and, currently, the Comparative Post-conflict Recovery Project (CPRP), both supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.. For a description of these projects and activities, which Dr. Knauft directs, click here.

Dr. Knauft's activities have been featured in several articles. The most recent is:
Emory In the World, Spring 2013. Pak, Lola. "Moving Forward, Postconflict." Dr. Knauft discusses what's next for the States at Regional Risk program as it transitions to a recovery project. For other articles, click here.

Originally trained as a cultural anthropologist, Dr. Knauft conducted two years of doctoral research among the Gebusi, a remote rainforest people of Papua New Guinea with whom he still maintains contact. During his years at Emory, he has developed comparative interests and mentored student research across a broad range of world areas, topics, and disciplinary perspectives. In addition to Melanesia, he also has scholarly interest in West and East Africa and South and Inner Asia as well as other world areas.

Dr. Knauft's seven books include The Gebusi: Lives Transformed in a Rainforest World (McGraw-Hill, 3rd edition, 2012); Critically Modern: Alternatives, Alterities, Anthropologies (Edited, Indiana University Press, 2002); Exchanging the Past (University of Chicago Press, 2002); and Genealogies for the Present in Cultural Anthropology (Routledge Press, 1996).


Gebusi Reviews

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Contact information for Bruce Knauft:

Room 213
Anthropology Building
1557 Dickey Drive
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322; USA

Phone: 404-727-2736
Fax: 404-727-6724


(last updated April, 2013)