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Department of Social Anthropology


The newly established Caroline Humphrey Chair in the Anthropology of Inner Asia has been awarded to Professor David Sneath. This recently endowed chair has been funded by a major donation by the Sigrid Rausing Trust, which has also funded the MIASU Early-Career Postdoctoral Fellowship and Doctoral Studentship in the Social Anthropology of Inner Asia.

Professor David Sneath is the Director of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit at Cambridge University, a Professor of Social Anthropology and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.  He completed his PhD at Cambridge University in 1991 and carried out postdoctoral research there on environment and society in Inner Asia, winning a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 1994. In 1998 he took up a Lectureship in Anthropology and Development at Oxford University, and in 2000 returned to Cambridge to take up his current appointments. He regularly travels to Mongolia for research and has conducted extended pieces of fieldwork with pastoralists. He is a Co-editor of the journal Inner Asia and has authored more than 20 books and papers on the region. His monographs include Mongolia Remade: Post-socialist National Culture, Political Economy, and Cosmopolitics, 2018, Amsterdam University Press; The Headless State: Aristocratic Orders, Kinship Society, and Representations of Nomadic Inner Asia, 2007, Columbia University Press; and Changing Inner Mongolia: Pastoral Mongolian Society and the Chinese State, 2000, Oxford University Press