Knauft, Bruce M. 1954–

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Knauft, Bruce M. 1954–


Born January 25, 1954, in Hartford, CT; son of Edwin B. (an executive) and Ruth Knauft; married Eileen M. Cantrell (an anthropologist), December 7, 1979; children: Eric. Education: Yale University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1976; University of Michigan, M.A. (with honors), 1979, Ph.D., 1983.


Home—Atlanta, GA. Office—Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322.


University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, postdoctoral research fellow, 1983-85; Emory University, Atlanta, GA, assistant professor, 1985-90, associate professor, 1990-95, professor of anthropology and women's studies, 1995—, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology, 2001—, Winship Distinguished Researcher, 1998-2000, director of "Vernacular Modernities" program, 1999-2003, executive director of Institute for Comparative and International Studies, 2004—. Stanford University, fellow at Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, 1991-92; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, fellow, 1994; School of American Research, Santa Fe, NM, resident scholar, 2003-04. Conducted field research in Papua New Guinea. Member of editorial board, Reviews in Anthropology, 1995—.


Fellow, National Institutes of Health, 1983-85; Guggenheim grants, 1985-88, 1999, fellow, 1990-94; Fulbright fellow, 1998; grants from Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and National Science Foundation, 1998, and National Endowment for the Humanities, 2003-04.


Good Company and Violence: Sorcery and Social Action in a Lowland New Guinea Society, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1985.

South Coast New Guinea Cultures: History, Comparison, Dialectic, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1993.

Genealogies for the Present in Cultural Anthropology, Routledge (New York, NY), 1996.

From Primitive to Postcolonial in Melanesia and Anthropology, University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor, MI), 1999.

Exchanging the Past: A Rainforest World of Before and After, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 2002.

(Editor) Critically Modern: Alternatives, Alterities, Anthropologies, University of Indiana Press (Bloomington, IN), 2002.

The Gebusi: Lives Transformed in a Rainforest World, McGraw-Hill (Boston, MA), 2005.

Contributor to books, including Fragments for a History of the Human Body, edited by Michel Feher, Ramona Haddaff, and Nadia Tazi, editors, Urzone, 1989; The Religious Imagination in New Guinea, edited by M. Stephen and G. Herdt, Rutgers University Press (New Brunswick, NJ), 1989; The Anthropology of Peace and Nonviolence, edited by Leslie Sponsel and Thomas Gregor, Lynne Rienner (Boulder, CO), 1994; Migration and Transformation: Regional Perspectives on New Guinea, edited by A. Strathern and G. Stuerzenhofecker, University of Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA), 1994; and The Anthropology of Peace, edited by Thomas Gregor, Vanderbilt University Press (Nashville, TN), 1995. Coeditor of "Melanesian Studies Series," University of California Press, 1994-97. Contributor to journals, including Anthropological Theory, Annual Review of Sex Research, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Oceania, Cultural Dynamics, Pacific Studies, Critique of Anthropology, Current Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, and Brain and Behavioral Sciences.



Choice, January, 2000, B.M. du Toit, review of From Primitive to Postcolonial in Melanesia and Anthropology, p. 976.


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