Brown Social Science Center
DegreesNorthwestern University, Ph.D.
University of Chicago, M.A.
Hamilton College, B.A.
ProfileProfessor Emeritus Hunt investigates economic and social structures and dynamics of a broad range of human societies. He has been particularly interested in agriculture, irrigation, and systems of exchange.
Awards and Honors
Mellon Foundation Emeritus Fellowship (2005)
Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Brandeis University (2002)
President, Society for Economic Anthropology (1992 - 1993)
Vice-President, Society for Economic Anthropology (1992)
National Science Foundation Grant, Comparative Study of Irrigation (1990 - 1993)
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1980)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1975)
Hunt, Robert C. Beyond Relativism: Rethinking Comparability in Cultural Anthropology. First ed. Lanham MD: Alta Mira Press, 2007.
Hunt,Robert C. ""Locally Controlled Irrigation Systems: Principles and Practices"." A World of Water: Rain, Rivers and Seas in Southeast Asian Histories. Ed. Peter Boomgaard. Leiden NL: 150th Year Jubileum of Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land -en Volkendunde, Leiden, 2007. 187-208.
Hunt,Robert C. "One-Way Economic Transfers." Handbook on Economic Anthropology. Ed. J. Carrier., 2006
Hunt,Robert C with Guillet, Abbott, Bayman, P. Fish, Kintigh and Neely. Plausible Ethographis Analogies for the Social Organization of Hohokam Irrigation. Ameican Aniquity, 2005.
Hunt,Robert C. "Irrigation." Encyclopedia of World History. Ed. W. McNeill. Bershire Publishing Group, 2005
Hunt,Robert C. "Review of Trawick, The Struggle for Water in Peru." Journal of Latin American Studies (2005): 229-231.
Hunt,Robert C. "Irrigated Farming." Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History. Ed. J. Mokyr., 2003. 165-168.
Hunt,Robert C, co-ed. Antonio Gilman. Property in Economic Context. Lanham MD: University Press of America, 1998.
Hunt,Robert C. "The Role of Bureaucracy in the Provisioning of Cities: A Framework for the Analysis of the Ancient Near East." The Organization of Power: Aspects of Bureaucracy in the Ancient Near East. Ed. Gibson, McGuire, and R.D. Biggs. Chicago, IL: The Oriental Institute of the Univers, 1987. 161-192.
Hunt,Robert C. The Comparative Method and the Study of Irrigation Social Organization, Bulletin 97. Department of Rural Sociology, Cornell University, 1979.
Hunt,Robert C. "Irrigation, Conflict and Politics: A Mexican Case." Origins of the State: A Symposium (Revised version). Ed. R. Cohen and E. Service. Philadelphia: ISHI Press, 1978. 69-123.
Hunt,Robert C, Hunt E. V. "Canal Irrigation and Local Social Organization.." Current Anthropology (1976): 389-411.
Hunt,Robert C. Personalities in Cultures: Readings in Psychological Anthropology. New York: Natural History Press, 1967.
Hunt,Robert C, Helm.. The Development Cycle of the Family Business in Rural Mexico, in Essays in Economic Anthropology. Proc. of Proceedings, 1965 Annual Spring Meeting, American Ethnological Society. 1965.