James Peacock

Board of Directors

James L. Peacock is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Comparative Literature, Co-Director of the Duke–UNC Rotary Center for Peace and Conflict, and Chair of World View at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. in psychology from Duke University and his Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard. His fieldwork includes studies of proletarian culture in Surabaja, Indonesia (see Rites of Modernization, University of Chicago Press), of Muslim fundamentalism in Southeast Asia (see Muslim Puritans, University of California Press), and of Primitive Baptists in Appalachia (see Pilgrims of Paradox, Smithsonian). He is also the author of The Anthropological Lens (Cambridge University Press, Chinese version recently published by Peking University Press). Recent publications include Grounded Globalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the World (2007). In addition to his academic work, he was Chair of the Anthropology Department in 1975–1980 and 1990–1991, and Chair of the Faculty at UNC–Chapel Hill in 1991–1994. He was President of the American Anthropological Association from 1993 to 1995. He was Director of the University Center for International Studies at the UNC–Chapel Hill from 1996 to 2003. In 1995, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.