Colin Grier

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Archaeology, Washington State University

Colin Grier's core research interest concerns the organization of complex hunter-gatherer-fisher societies. For this, he takes a comparative perspective, drawing on case studies from primarily coastal regions around the world.

Grier adopts a theoretical perspective that situates human agency in the context of the constraining and enabling structures in which humans exist, including social networks, political institutions and ecological and socially-constructed landscapes.

Grier's research focus is on the emergence of supra-household institutions in small-scale societies, including the formation of large households, structured communities and regional sociopolitical systems. He has a strong interest in household change, and how resources become increasingly controlled within the context of households. This approach situates his research in the context of one of the long-standing questions addressed by anthropology—how does social inequality emerge in small-scale societies?

Primary Recipient Awards

International Visiting Research Scholars, Colin Grier, 2019

Colin Grier

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Mar 192020
International Visiting Research Scholar public talk
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