Professor of Anthropology, Undergraduate Chair
D. Phil. Oxford University, 1967
Research Interests:Cultural and social anthropology; globalization, Islam, Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia; social organization, religion, ethnohistory, ecology, non-industrial economies.
Books and Monographs:
Population Growth: Anthropological Implications (edited). Cambridge: MIT Press, 1972.
The Cultural Ecology of Pastoral Nomads. Addison-Wesley Modular Publication #45. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1973.
Desertification and Development: dryland ecology in social perspective (edited with H.S.Mann). London: Academic Press, 1982.
Ecology in Development. A Rationale for Three-Dimensional Policy. Tokyo: United Nations University, 1984. http://unu.edu/publications/books/1980-1984/ecology-in-development-a-rationale-for-three-dimensional-policy.
Reading Nasta'liq: Persian and Urdu Hands 1500 to the Present, Costa Mesa CA: Mazda Publications, with William L. Hanaway, 1995, 2nd edition 2007.
Entry to Advanced Turkish, American Association of Teachers of Turkish (http://www.princeton.edu/~turkish/aatt/), (with Walter Feldman and others), 2007.
Literacy in the Persianate World: Writing and the Social Order, edited with William L. Hanaway, Museum Publications, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.
Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and its neighbors, edited with Harold F. Schiffman, Leiden: Brill, 2012.
Investment and Translocality. Recontextualizing the Baloch in Islamic and Global History. In: Crossroads Asia Working Paper Series, No. 14, 2013. http://crossroads-asia.de/fileadmin/user_upload/news/wp14_Spooner_Brian_....
Globalization: The Crucial Phase (edited), Museum Publications, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014 (in press).
1997-2005 Editor, Pakistan Studies News (PSN), the biannual newsletter of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. 1990- Editor for anthropology articles in the Encyclopaedia Iranica.
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