Michael Chibnik

Michael Chibnik
Professor Emeritus
Education: 
PhD, Columbia University, 1975
Office: 
213 Macbride Hall
Phone: 
319-335-0530
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Research Interests: 
economic anthropology, artisans, environmental anthropology, research methods; Latin America (especially Mexico and Peru)

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 Mexico, Peru, Belize, 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 books are Scholarship, Money, and Prose: Behind the Scenes of an Academic Journal (2020, University of Pennsylvania Press), 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).  I was editor-in-chief of American Anthropologist from 2012 to 2016.