21 October


Chinese Food in the Great World: Thoughts on China in Expanding World-systems

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

B.A. 1962 Harvard University (Anthropology)
Ph.D. 1967 University of California, Berkeley (Anthropology)

•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


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.


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

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

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.

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.

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

2010 The Pursuit of Ecotopia.  Santa Barbara:  Praeger.

2008 Mayaland Cuisine.  Lulu Publishing (online)

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

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.

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.

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

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 International

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.

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 introductory and editorial matter), Bird of Paradox: The Unpublished Writings of Wilson Duff.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

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

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