Paul Axelrod

  Paul Axelrod



  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • B.A., George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Current Courses Taught

    • Anthropology 110 Introduction to Anthropology
    • Anthropology 175 Asian Cultural Studies: Asia Through Texts
    • Anthropology 213 Human Origins
    • Anthropology 217 Society in India
    • Anthropology 226 Indians of North America
    • Anthropology 316 Nature of Culture
    • Anthropology 402 Senior Seminar


Awards and Honors

  • Ralph Hale Ruppert Distinguished Professor of American History, Principles and Traditions, 2002
  • Wenner-Grenn Foundation Grant (with Jim Laine) to support the IXth International Conference on Maharashtra, Macalester College, 2000
  • American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellow, 1996
  • Fulbright Fellowship for teaching and research in India, 1989
  • Severy award for excellence in teaching, Ripon College, 1985 and 1994
  • NEH Summer Seminar: “Anthropological Models in South Asian History,” University of Chicago, 1978


Recent Publications and Presentations

  • “Living on the Edge: The Village and the State on the Goa-Maratha Frontier,” “The Indian Economic and Social History Review,” XLV: 553-580. 2008.
  • “Common Ground: Risk, Scarcity and Shared Resources in Goan Agriculture,” “Human Ecology,” (co-authored with Michelle Fuerch), 34(1): 79-98. 2006.
  • “Imagined Communities: Portuguese Colonialism and Goa’s Villages,” “Portuguese Studies Review” (co-authored with Michelle Fuerch) IX:466-293, 2001
  • “Listening to the Text: The Many Voices of the Goa Archives in Fourth Centenary Volume of the Goa Archives,” in Fourth Centenary Volume of the Goa Archives,” Ed. S. K. Mhamai. Panaji: Directorate of Archives and Archaeology, (co-authored with Michelle Fuerch). pp. 144-164.
  • “Portuguese Orientalism and the Making of the Village Communities of Goa,” “Ethnohistory” (co-authored with Michelle Fuerch) 43:439-476. 1998
  • “Structuring Diversity: The Revitalization of Morisco Identity,” in “Mediterranean Perspectives,” pp. 151-163 (with Michelle Fuerch). 1997
  • “Flight of the Deities: Hindu Resistance in Portuguese Goa,” “Modern Asian Studies” (co-authored with Michelle Fuerch) 30:387-420. 1995
  • “Cultural and Historical Factors in the Population Decline of the Parsis of India,” “Population Studies” 44:401-419. 1990



Areas of Interest

  • India
  • Native Americans
  • Ethnohistory
  • Globalization