Curriculum Vitae


Professor Emeritus (Step IX), Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0418.


Phone: (951) 827-5523
B.A. 1962 Harvard University (Anthropology)
Ph.D. 1967 University of California, Berkeley (Anthropology)



Married: to Barbara A. Anderson, Professor, International Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA




  • Oct. 2006-present Affiliate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle
  • June 2006-present  Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside
  • July 1980 – June 2006 Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside; since 1989 almost annual visits to Mexico, funded by UC/UCR until 2006, by self thereafter
  • July 1972 – June 1980 Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riversid
  • July 1974-April 1975 Research in Hong Kong, funded by University of California and WHO
  • July 1970 – June 1971 Research Anthropologist, National Science Foundation Research Grant
  • July 1966 – June 1972 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside
  • June 1965 – June 1966 Field Research in Hong Kong, supported by NIH
  • June 1964 – August 1964 Field research in California, supported by University of California, BerkeleyJuly 1962 – June 1965 Research Assistant and Reader, University of California, Berkeley



  • B.A., Magna cum laude, Harvard University
  • NIMH fellowship and supplementary grant for research in Hong Kong, 6/65-6/66
  • NSF fellowship for research in Malaysia, 6/70-6/72
  • UC Intramural research grants 1971/72-Present
  • World Health Organization International, Agency for Research on Cancer, Grant, 1974/75
  • UC Pacific Rim Grant, 1987-1989

American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow), American Anthropological Association (Life Member), American Psychological Association, Society for Applied Anthropology, Council on Nutritional Anthropology, Society for Conservation Biology, Association for Asian Studies, Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Society for Economic Botany (Life Member), Society for Ethnobiology, Nature Conservancy (Life Member), California Native Plants Society, Southern California Botanists, various conservation organizations. 


Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Ecology, Ethnobiology, Food and Nutrition, China, Pacific Northwest, Yucatan (Yucatec Maya).

I have been working on resource- and development-related issues for the last thirty-five years. My field is cultural and political ecology. I focus on ethnobiology, folk classification systems, traditional ecological knowledge, local planning, and management of resources (including traditional resource management as well as contemporary issues). I have done six years of field work in Hong Kong, Malaysia, British Columbia, southeast Mexico, Oceania, and other areas.



1988 The Food of China. New Haven: Yale University Press. 263 pp.

1996 Ecologies of the Heart. New York: Oxford University Press.

1996 Introduction (150 pp. introductory and editorial matter), Bird of
Paradox: The Unpublished Writings of Wilson Duff. Surrey, BC: Hancock

1999 “Child-raising among Hong Kong Fisherfolk: Variations on Chinese
Themes.” Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica,
Taiwan, vol 86, pp. 205-220.

2000 E. N. Anderson, Teik Aun Wong, and Lynn Thomas: “Good and Bad Persons: The
Construction of Ethical Discourse in a Chinese Fishing Community.” Bulletin of
the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, 87:129-167.

2000 Paul D. Buell and E. N. Anderson: A Soup for the Qan: Chinese Dietary Medicine of the Mongol Era as Seen in Hu Ssu-hui’s “Yin-shan Cheng-yao.” London: Kegan Paul

2003  Those Who Bring the Flowers.  Chetumal, Q. Roo, Mexico:  ECOSUR.

2004   Mark Sutton and E. N. Anderson:  Introduction to Cultural Ecology.  Walnut Creek:  AltaMira.

2004  Betty B. Faust, E. N. Anderson, and John Frazier (eds.).  Rights, Resources, Culture and Conservation in the Land of the Maya.  Westport, CT:  Praeger.

2005    Everyone Eats.  New York:  New York University Press.

2005  Christopher Chase-Dunn and E. N. Anderson (eds.):  The Historical Evolution of World-Systems.  Palgrave MacMillan

2005  E. N. Anderson and Felix Medina Tzuc:  Animals and the Maya in Southeast Mexico.  Tucson:  University of Arizona Press.

2005  Political Ecology in a Yucatec Maya Community.  Tucson:  University of Arizona Press.

2007  Floating World Lost.  New Orleans:  University Press of the South.

2008  Mayaland Cuisine.  Lulu Publishing (online)

2010  The Pursuit of Ecotopia.  Santa Barbara:  Praeger.

2011 Ethnobiology, ed. by E. N. Anderson, Deborah M. Pearsall, Eugene S. Hunn, and Nancy J. Turner.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.  Viii + 399 pp.

2013 Warning Signs of Genocide, by Eugene N. Anderson and Barbara A. Anderson.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (division of Rowman and Littlefield).  Xiii + 213 pp.

2014. Caring for Place.  Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.  305 pp.  (Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 2014; about 1/10 of books they review, and thus about 2.5% of all academic books, make this cut)

2014. Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China.  Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press. 338 pp.

2017 Amber O’Connor and E. N. Anderson, K’oben: 3000 Years of the Maya Hearth. Routledge.

2019 The East Asian World-System: Climate and Dynastic Change. Springer.