Michael Chibnik, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

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Most of my work has been the subfield of economic anthropology. I have conducted fieldwork on household economics, agricultural decision-making, craft production, and work organization in Belize, Peru, Mexico, and various parts of the United States. Other topical interests include agricultural systems, artisans, ethnicity, development, transnationalism, research methods (especially statistics), and the history of anthropology.

My publications include: Anthropology, Economics, and Choice (2011 , University of Texas Press), Crafting Tradition, The Making and Marketing of Oaxacan Wood Carvings (2003, University of Texas Press), Risky Rivers: The Economics and Politics of Floodplain Farming in Amazonia (1994, University of Arizona Press), and Farm Work and Fieldwork: American Agriculture in Anthropological Perspective (edited collection, 1987, Cornell University Press). In July, 2012 I became editor-in-chief of the American Anthropologist.

My online article "Sociocultural Anthropology in American Anthropologist (1901-2011)" will appear in the March 2014 issue of American Anthropologist. 

Courses Taught

  • Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems
  • Environment and Culture
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Anthropological Data Analysis
  • Research Design and Proposal Writing
  • Latin American Economy and Society
  • Seminar: Sociocultural Anthropology

Affiliations and Links

Research Interests

  • Artisans
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Research Methods
  • Latin America - especially Mexico and Peru
Michael Chibnik
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1975

213 Macbride Hall (MH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States