Speaker Bio


James Scott is the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and is co-Director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations and anarchism. His publications include The Moral Economy of the Peasant, Yale University Press, 1976; Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance, Yale Press, 1985; Domination and the Arts of Resistance, Yale Press, 1990; Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, Yale Press, 1998; The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, Yale University Press, 2008; Two Cheers for Anarchism, Princeton University Press, 2013; and and Against the Grain: A Deep History of the First Agrarian States, Yale Press 2017. He is a mediocre sheep breeder and bee-keeper in Connecticut.