Roy A. Rappaport Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan
Mercedes-Benz Fellow - Class of Fall 2023
Stuart Kirsch is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He earned a BA from George Washington University and PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Kirsch has held visiting appointments at the University of Cambridge, Goldsmiths (University of London), University of Notre Dame, and Yale University. He is the author of Engaged Anthropology: Politics beyond the Text (California, 2018); Mining Capitalism: The Relationship between Corporations and their Critics (California, 2014); and Reverse Anthropology: Indigenous Analysis of Social and Environmental Relations in New Guinea (Stanford, 2006). Kirsch has long been engaged in advocacy work with people living downstream from the Ok Tedi copper-and-gold mine in Papua New Guinea, and with political refugees from West Papua, Indonesia. He has consulted for the Nuclear Claims Tribunal in the Marshall Islands; on conservation in Papua New Guinea; on indigenous land rights in Guyana, the Solomon Islands, and Suriname; and with an engineering firm that designs machinery for the mining industry. Kirsch is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and Wenner-Gren Foundation, among others.