Nelson Graburn

Nelson Graburn

Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Currently employed at University of California, Berkeley

Previous: Northwestern University


Previous: University Of Chicago, McGill University (Canada), University Of Cambridge



    Born in London, brought up in Shamley Green, Surrey (same as Richard Branson), went to Hillside (Prep) School, and then King's Canterbury, switching from the Classics to Natural Sciences. Won scholarships to attend Clare College, Cambridge. Switched from Natural Sciences Tripos Part I to Social Anthropology (advisor Edmiund Leach) for Part II. Emigrated to Canada in 1958 to attend McGill University, Montreal, undertook research with the Canadian Inuit in 1959 and 1960, awarded MA, and fellowship to attend the University of Chicago for PhD in Antropology. At Chicago worked on David Schneider's American Kinship Porject for two years, and finished PhD on Inuit kinship in 1963. Returned to the Eastern Canadian Arctic on a 'Peace Fellowship" from Northwestern University, to study Inuit::Naskapi/Cree ethnocentrism. Hired by the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, I have been teaching there for fifty years.


Professor of Anthropology

At University of California, Berkeley

From July 1964 to Present
I taught at U C Berkeley full time from 1964 to 2007, with visiting appointments in Canada, France, and Japan. I 'retired' in 2007 but still teach a graduate seminar 'Tourism, Art & Modernity' and have had visiting appointments at London Met U, Porto Alegre, Brazil, and Beijing and Ningbo in China....
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Research Anthropologist

At Northwestern University

From November 1963 to July 1964
I was employed by the Carnegie Foundation's 'Peace Project' the Cooperative Cross-Cultural Study of Ethnocentrism to research the inter-ethnic relations between the Nunavik Inuit and the adjacent Naskapi-Cree Algonkian Indians. I lived and travelled from Kujjuak to Ivijuvik by dog sled, and then...
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University Of Chicago, Chicago

PhD, Anthropology

From September 1960 to November 1963
I was advised by Julian Pitt-Rivers, Norman McQuown and Fred Eggan, but I worked for two years on David Schneider's American Kinship Project. I also enjoyed taking courses in Social Thought (Bob Levine) and Linguistics (Zide, Hamp).. I was room mate with Pete Stone my first year. Later I enjoyed...
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McGill University (Canada), Montréal

MA, Anthropology

From September 1958 to June 1960
During this time I was employed by the NCRC in Ottawa to carry out an ethnographic study of the Inuit community in Salluit, Que (Sugluk) in summer 1959 - going North on the CGS C D Howe (Matavvik) and returning on the CGS McLean (Avataluk) ; and a study of Kimmirut, Baffin Island, in summer 1960.

University Of Cambridge, Cambridge

BSc, Natural Sciences Part I Social Anthropology Part II

From September 1955 to June 1958
Supervisors were Nur Yalman then Edmund Leach

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Centres d'intérêt

  • Drving AC Cobra 289 since 1964
  • Gardening
  • Traveling
  • Walking