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About Arjun Guneratne

I am a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on two areas of inquiry: firstly, the emergence of an ethnic identity among the Tharu of Nepal and its relationship to processes of state formation, and secondly, the relationship between environmentalism and globalization in Sri Lanka. My research in Nepal since 1989 has led to a number of published articles and a book, Many Tongues, One People: The Making of Tharu Identity in Nepal, published by Cornell University Press in 2002. My current work focuses on the study of environmental issues in South Asia. I recently completed the editing of a book on cultural understandings of the environment in the Himalaya, which examines how different cultural groups in the region understand the concept of environment and what practical consequences result from those understandings for bio-physical processes. I am now working on a book on the development of ornithology as a scientific discipline in Sri Lanka from colonial times to the present.
EDUCATION: A.B., Dartmouth College; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Chicago.
I have been teaching at Macalester since 1995.


Present Professor of Anthropology, Macalester College


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  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Ethnographic Interviewing
  • Anthropology through Science Fiction
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Peoples & Cultures of South Asia
  • Anthropology of Development

Contact Information

Macalester College
Carnegie 04I
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6362


Books (6)

Refereed Journals Edited (2)

Articles (10)

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Entries (16)