Nicholas Thomas

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This article is about the British archaeologist. For the American politician, see Nicholas W. Thomas.

Nicholas Jeremy Thomas FBA (born 21 April 1960) is an Australian anthropologist, Professor of Historical Anthropology, and Director, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, since 2006; Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, since 2007. He was elected to the British Academy in 2005.

He was awarded the 2010 Wolfson History Prize for his book Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire (2012) ISBN 978-0300180565
  • Rauru: Tene Waitere, Maori Carving, Colonial History (2008), with Mark Adams
  • Hiapo: Past and present in Niuean barkcloth (2005), with John Pule, ISBN 1 877372 00 5
  • Discoveries: the Voyages of Captain James Cook (2003)
  • Possessions: Indigenous Art/Colonial Culture (1999)
  • Oceanic Art (World of Art) (1995), ISBN 978-0500202814
  • Entangled Objects (1991)


  • ‘THOMAS, Prof. Nicholas Jeremy’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 5 March 2013