Modern Greek Studies Association

Prof. Michael Herzfeld


Harvard University
Department of Anthropology


D. Litt. 1989 University of Birmingham (Modern Greek)
D. Phil. 1976 University of Oxford (Social Anthropology)
Dip.Soc.Anth. 1973 University of Oxford
M.A. 1972 University of Birmingham
B.A. 1969 University of Oxford (Archaeology and Anthropology) (M.A. 1972)

Principal Publications

Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics in the Nation-State. 2nd, revised edition, 2005. New York: Routledge. (1st edition, New York, Routledge, 1997.)

The Body Impolitic: Artisans and Artifice in the Global Hierarchy of Value. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Portrait of a Greek Imagination: An Ethnographic Biography of Andreas Nenedakis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

The Social Production of Indifference: Exploring the Symbolic Roots of Western Bureaucracy. Oxford: Berg, 1992. (Paperback edition, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1993.)

A Place in History: Monumental and Social Time in a Cretan Town. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.

Anthropology Through the Looking-Glass: Critical Ethnography in the Margins of Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

The Poetics of Manhood: Contest and Identity in a Cretan Mountain Village. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985.

Ours Once More: Folklore, Ideology, and the Making of Modern Greece. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1982. (Paperback edition by Pella, New York, 1986 is still in print).

Harvard University
Department of Anthropology
William James Hall
33 Kirkland St.
Cambridge, MA 02138


617) 496-5190
(617) 496-8355 (F)

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Areas of Specialization

Social Anthropology

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

Cultures of Southern Europe
Ethnography of the Balkans
Ethnology of Greece

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