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Michael Herzfeld

Michael Herzfeld is Ernest E. Monrad Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus at Harvard University. He is author of ten books (mostly about Greece) and Evicted From Eternity: The Restructuring of Modern Rome (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and producer of two films about Rome. Herzfeld — who also works in Thailand — is currently specializing in nationalism, bureaucracy, craft production and apprenticeship, knowledge politics, and heritage conservation and its social impact (with a comparative focus on Europe and Asia). A former editor of American Ethnologist, editor at large (responsible for “Polyglot Perspectives”) for Anthropological Quarterly, and series co-editor of New Anthropologies of Europe, he holds honorary degrees from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki), and the University of Crete, and is a past winner of the J.I. Staley Prize and the Rivers Memorial Medal.


  • Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, Harvard University
  • Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University