faculty photo  Max Kirsch

Max Kirsch, Ph.D.

UNESCO Chair in Human and Cultural Rights
Ph.D., City University of New York, 1989

Office: SO 177, Phone: 561-297-2874, E-Mail: mkirsch@fau.edu

Most of my work as an anthropologist has been economic and political anthropology, globalism, the anthropology of work and the anthropology of gender, as well as human rights and issues of peace and justice. 

In doing this, my focus contains questions of the meaning and generation of theory and their consequences on the analysis of local populations in global settings, as well as the analysis of the individual in society.  The anthropology of work focuses analyses of work and labor through history (and prehistory) and contemporary approaches to the study of work and globalization, including their effects on communities under stress.  While the anthropology of gender concentration has incorporated methodological issues of the analysis of gender in contemporary settings and debates around the development of theory.

More recently my work has taken a more specific environmental turn, looking at the integration of the environment within the discipline of anthropology, and concretized by fieldwork on the environment and the consequences of environmental abuse in South Florida (and elsewhere).


The Public Matters (Ph.D. Core Course), Seminar in Anthropological Theory, Integrating the Environment, Environmental Human Rights, Industry, Community and Social Change in the Florida Everglades, Ethnographic Aspects of the World Capitalism System, Labor and Work, The Anthropology of the United States, Urban Anthropology, The Anthropology of Work, Human and Cultural Rights, The Anthropology of Violence, The Anthropology of Water


Globalization, Inclusion and Exclusion, Florida Everglades, Work, Industry, Community, Anthropological Theory, Gender

Current Fieldwork:  Work, Development and Legislation in the Florida Everglades

Selected & Recent Publications

2007a. "Universities and the Generation of Knowledge:  What Kind of Knowledge, and For Whom?"  Proceedings of the UNESCO Forum on Research and Higher Education Policy, UNESCO: Paris

2007b. "Queer Theory, Late Capitalism and Internalized Homophobia" in the Journal of Homosexuality, (52) 1/2, 19-45. Special Issue on the Contested Terrain of LGBT Studies and Queer Theory, to be published simultaneously as The Contested Terrain of LGBT Studies and Queer Theory, Karen Lovaas, John Elia and Gust Yet (eds.) New York: The Haworth Press.

2006a. Inclusion and Exclusion in the Global Arena (ed., with Introduction.), New York: Routledge

2006b. "Legislation and the Florida Everglades in M. Kirsch, ed. Inclusion and Exclusion in the Global Arena. New York: Routledge, pp. 243-268.

2005a. "The Politics of Place: Legislation, Civil Society and the Restoration of the Florida Everglades" in J Nash, ed. Social Movements: A Reader. Malden MA: Blackwell

2005b. Rethinking Disney:  Private Control, Public Dimensions (ed. With M. Budd.). Middletown, CT:  Wesleyan University Press

2003a. "The Politics of Exclusion:  Place, Community Organization and the Legislation of the Florida Everglades" in Urban Anthropology, Special Issue on Inclusion and Exclusion, Max Kirsch (Editor) 3(2) pp 99-133.

2003b. "Introduction" to Urban Anthropology, Special Issue on Inclusion and Exclusion, Max Kirsch (Editor). 3(2), Spring, pp 1-6

2003c. "Integrating the Environment with Human Rights" UNESCO Bulletin, Paris

2000. Queer Theory and Social Change. London:  Routledge

1998. In the Wake of the Giant:  Multinational Restructuring and Uneven Development in a New England Community. SUNY Series in the Anthropology of Work. Albany: State University of New York Press.

1994. "Corporate Culture and Social Responsibility" in T. Hamada and W. E. Sibley, Eds. Anthropological Perspectives on Organizational Culture. Latham: University Press of America (with June Nash).

1988. "The Discourse of Medical Science in the Construction of Consensus Between Corporation and Community" Medical Anthropological Quarterly, Spring, 159-173 (With June Nash).

1987. Polychlorinated Biphenals in the Electrical Machinery Industry: An Ethnological Study of Community Action and Corporate Responsibility" Social Science and Medicine, 2(1), pp. 131-138. (with June Nash).

Forthcoming Publications

The Way We Live Now: Discovering Anthropology for a New Century. London: Routledge, 2009.

Publications In Progress

Working for Inclusion: Manufactured Participation, Community Organization and the Politics of Place in the Florida Everglades (Working Title)

A Lynching in Belle Glade: Community Organization and Environmental Justice in a Rural Southern Town

"Structural Violence and the Persistence of AIDS in a Rural Southern Community" (With Dale Stratford)

"Space, Place and Community in the Global Ecumene"

Articles and Clippings

2000a. Norah Vincent, A Talking Head Ph.D., The Village Voice:  NY Mirror, Nov. 5-11.

2000b. Judith Shulevitz, The Next Intellectuals, Slate Magazine, slate.msn.com/id/1003907

2000c. Re-envisioning the PhD: News and Updates: Promising Practices, Graduate School, University of Washington, Pew Charitable Trusts