Yale Bulletin and Calendar

May 4, 2001Volume 29, Number 29

James C. Scott, represented here by a self-portrait at his request.

Scott is designated Sterling
Professor of Political Science

James C. Scott, who has been appointed Sterling Professor in Political Science, focuses his research on peasants in developing countries, particularly in Southeast Asia.

Scott is the author of "Political Ideology in Malaysia: Reality and the Beliefs of an Elite," "Comparative Political Corruption," "The Moral Economy of the Peasant: Subsistence and Rebellion in Southeast Asia," "Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance," "Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts" and "Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed." He coedited "Friends, Followers and Factions: A Reader in Political Clientelism" with Carl Lande, Steffen Schmidt and Laura Guasti, and "Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance in Southeast Asia" with Benedict Kerkvliet. He has also contributed to numerous journals.

He is currently working on a book titled "The State and People Who Move," examining why states are typically hostile to groups that are physically or fiscally mobile.

After earning his B.A. in political economy at Williams College, Scott was an auditor for a year at Rangoon University, focusing on economics, and auditeur for a year at the Institut des Sciences Politiques, focusing on political science. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) in political science at Yale in 1963 and 1967, respectively.

After earning his doctorate, Scott was professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison until 1976, when he joined the Yale faculty, where he has a joint appointment in the Departments of Political Science and Anthropology. He was named the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science in 1990.

At Yale, Scott is also director of the Program in Agrarian Studies, an experimental, interdisciplinary effort to reshape how future scholars understand rural life and society. The postdoctoral program is part of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

His honors have included a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Research Grant and a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was president of the Association of Asian Studies 1997-98. He has also been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

He serves on the board of Asia Watch, and is a member of the American Political Science Association and the American Anthropological Association, among others.


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