Program in Agrarian Studies

Agrarian Studies Graduate Seminar

“Agrarian Societies:
Culture, Power, History, and Development”

Anthropology 541a; History 965a; Political Science 779a; Forestry and Environmental Studies 80054a

  1. Faculty
  2. Meetings
  3. Description
  4. Enrollment, Eligibility
  5. Syllabus


Faculty for fall 2012:

Peter C. Perdue, History
James C. Scott, Political Science
K. Sivaramakrishnan, Anthropology


The course meets from 1:30 pm to 5:20 pm Thursday afternoons during the fall term, at 10 Sachem Street, room 105. The first two hours of each meeting are lecture; the final two hours half are discussion.


An interdisciplinary examination of agrarian societies, contemporary and historical, Western and non-Western. Major analytical perspectives from anthropology, economics, history, political science, and environmental studies are used to develop a meaning-centered and historically grounded account of the transformations of rural society.

Team taught.

Enrollment, Eligibility

Any graduate student at Yale is eligible to enroll. Undergraduates may also take the course, with the permission of the instructors. Regular attendance is expected.


View or download the fall 2012 seminar syllabus (in PDF format; opens in new window).