Professor George E. Marcus

Prof. George Marcus

George Marcus is one of the world’s leading anthropologists. His work, which has focused on a critical rethinking of the concept of culture since the 1980s, and which has aimed at the rearticulation of the relevance, ethics and methods of fieldwork in a multicultural world since the 1990s, has had a decisive influence on how a large number of humanities and social science researchers understand and perform ethnographic fieldwork as well as produce their results. Ethnographic fieldwork has become an established methodology in the fields of design and architecture, organisation studies, research on children, youth and schools, conflict studies, journalism, internet and communications studies, and science and technology studies. Marcus’ work has been essential to how ethnography has been adapted to these other disciplines.

Marcus’ studies of elites and artists in the United States have also led to a range of publications that have created an entirely new understanding of global power formations and connections as an anthropological object of inquiry. His model of multi-sited ethnography has become an important mode of studying networks and discontinuous relationships in depth.

Marcus has published countless articles and over a dozen books. He founded Cultural Anthropology, one of the highest ranking anthropology journals, and edited the University of Chicago Press series Late Editions: Cultural Studies for the End of the Century.

Marcus has a long-standing and meaningful affiliation with Aarhus University. He has visited Aarhus University many times, and his lectures and teaching have had great significance for Faculty of Arts researchers and students in a variety of fields. Marcus has particularly close ties to Anthropology, and he collaborates closely with researchers in the Contemporary Ethnography research programme. He has served on assessment committees for numerous PhD dissertations and has participated in a number of research seminars. Most recently, Marcus visited Aarhus University as visiting professor in autumn 2012 for a three-month term funded by the Aarhus University Research Foundation.

Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Yale University, Honors Program- Politics and Economics, B.A. (Magna cum laude), 1968
Queens' College, Cambridge - Study of Social Anthropology on a Henry Fellowship, passed the B.A. Tripos examination 1968-69
Harvard University, Ph.D. (Anthropology), 1976

Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, 2005-
Founding Director, Center for Ethnography, University of California, Irvine,2006-
Member, Critical Theory Institute, University of California, Irvine, 2006-
Professor Emeritus (Joseph D. Jamail Professor), Rice University, Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rice University. May, 2006-
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rice University, 1985-2006
Chair, Department of Anthropology, Rice University, 1980-2005
Joseph D. Jamail Professor, Rice University, 2001-2006
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 2004-2005.

Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in Brazil, University of Campinas, June-September, 1993
Award of a research grant from the Luso-American Foundation to conduct research on the contemporary Portuguese nobility, summer, 1999
Berlin Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Berlin, spring, 2002 (declined)
Conferral of the Joseph D. Jamail Professorship, Rice University, October, 2001
Award of Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, 2004-2005