Don Brenneis

Don Brenneis

Professor of Anthropology
Research Interests: 

Teaching Specialties: Language and culture, linguistic anthropology, law and society, discourse analysis, Oceania American institutions, performance and power. Area of Research: Political and legal discourse; bureaucracies and bureaucratic language; social studies of science; verbal and musical performance. Area of Fieldwork: Fiji Indian communities, Indian diaspora, Himalayas, US federal science bureaucracies.

Education and Training: 
B.A., Stanford University
M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
Selected Publications: 

"A partial view of contemporary anthropology: 2003 Presidential Address, American Anthropological Association," American Anthropologist 106: 580-588, 2004.

"Doing anthropology in sound: Steven Feld in conversation with Donald Brenneis" (with Steven Feld), American Ethnologist 31: 461-474, 2004.

Law and Empire in the Pacific: Fiji and Hawai'i (edited with Sally Engle Merry). Santa Fe: School of American Research Press, 2004.

"New lexicon, old language: negotiating the 'global' at the National Science Foundation," in George E. Marcus (ed.), 1999. Critical Anthropology Now: Unexpected Contexts, Shifting Constituencies, Changing Agendas. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press, 123-146.

"Performing passions: aesthetics and politics in an occasionally egalitarian community," American Ethnologist 14: 236-250, 1987.