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Anthropology Faculty

Douglas Holmes  Douglas Holmes

   Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
                            Science 1, Room 139B



  • 2017- Simon and Hallsworth Visiting Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester.
  • 2017- Associate Researcher, "Forms of Ethics, Shapes of Finance: Ethnographic Explorations of the Limits of Contemporary Capital," The Norwegian Research Council (Forskningsrådet), Knut Christian Myhre (PI), Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. The project examines the management of the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund.
  • 2017 Co-Investigator, "Rethinking Macroeconomics" aims to transform macroeconomics back into a useful and policy relevant social science. We will ask fundamental questions about macroeconomics in the 'real world' and encourage rigorous, innovative and interdisciplinary research. Funded by National Institute Economic and Social Research (UK). Angus Armstrong (Director).
  • 2016- Associate Researcher, "Global Foresight: Anticipatory governance and the making of geo-cultural scenarios." Funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond). Christina Garsten (PI), University of Stockholm.
  • 2014 Fellow, Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Binghamton University.
  • 2012- Member of the Steering Committee, Global Financial Initiative of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University.
  • 2011- Senior Fellow, Meridian 180: Transforming the Transpacific Dialogue, Cornell University Law School.
  • 2009- Member, Tobin Project: Transformative Research in the Social Sciences, Working Group on Financial Regulation. Cambridge, MA.


Fields of Study

  • Central Banks: The European Central Bank, the Bundesbank, the Swedish Central Bank, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and the Bank of England.
  • Anthropology of Finance: The Interplay among Data, Information, and Intelligence
in the Formulation and Communication of Monetary Policy.
  • Anthropological Linguistics: The Operation of Markets as a Function of Language.
  • Political Anthropology: The Constitution of Extreme-Right Wing Political Movements in Europe.
  • Experimental Ethnography: The Role of Research Modalities within Cultures of Expertise


Selected Publications

  • 2016a. “Public Currency: Anthropological Labor in Central Banks.” Journal of Cultural Economy. Special Issue: “Pragmatics of Money,” 9(1): 5-26.
  • 2016b. “Fascism 2,” Guest Editorial, Anthropology Today, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.  32(2): 1-3.
  • 2014a. Economy of Words: Communicative Imperatives in Central Banks. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • 2014b. "Communicative Imperatives in Central Banks," Cornell International Law Journal. 47 (1): 15-61.
  • 2014c. "How the Fed Learned to Talk: Communication is Now a Tool of Economic Policy," Sunday/Review: Opinion, New York Times, February 2.
  • 2012. (with George E. Marcus) "Collaborative Imperatives: A Manifesto, of sorts, for the Re-imagination of the Classic Scene of Fieldwork Encounter." In Collaborators Collaborating: Counterparts in Anthropological Knowledge and International Research Relations. Monica Konrad (Ed.), pp. 126-43. Oxford: Berghahn.
  • 2009a. "Economy of Words," Cultural Anthropology. 24(3): 381-419.
  • 2009b. "Experimental Identities (After Maastricht)," In European Identity. Peter Katzenstein and Jeffery Checkel (eds.), pp. 52-80, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2008 (with George E. Marcus). "Collaboration Today and the Re-Imagination of the Classic Scene of Fieldwork Encounter," Collaborative Anthropologies 1:136-70.
  • 2006 (with George E. Marcus) "Fast Capitalism: Para-Ethnography and the Rise of the Symbolic Analyst," In Frontiers of Capital. Melissa S. Fisher and Greg Downey (eds.), pp. 33-56. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2005 (with George E. Marcus) "Cultures of Expertise and the Management of Globalization: Toward the Re-functioning of Ethnography." In Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems, eds. Aihwa Ong and Stephen J. Collier, pp. 235-52. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • 2000. Integral Europe: Fast-Capitalism, Multiculturalism, Neofascism. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • 1989. Cultural Disenchantments: Worker Peasantries in Northeast Italy. Princeton: Princeton University Press.


  • Ph.D. Department of Anthropological Sciences, State University of New York, Stony Brook.
  • BA. Bennington College.

Last Updated: 7/31/17