Renato Rosaldo

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Renato Rosaldo (born 1941) is an American cultural anthropologist. He has done field research among the Ilongots of northern Luzon, Philippines, and he is the author of Ilongot Headhunting: 1883-1974: A Study in Society and History (1980) and Culture and Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis (1989).

He is also the editor of Creativity/Anthropology (with Smadar Lavie and Kirin Narayan) (1993), Anthropology of Globalization (with Jon Inda) (2001), and Cultural Citizenship in Island Southeast Asia: National and Belonging in the Hinterlands (2003), among other books.

Rosaldo conducted research on cultural citizenship in San Jose, California from 1989–1998, and he contributed the introduction and an article to Latino Cultural Citizenship: Claiming Identity, Space, and Rights (1997). He is also a poet and has published four volumes of poetry, most recently "The Chasers" (2019). Rosaldo has served as President of the American Ethnological Society, Director of the Stanford Center for Chicano Research, and Chair of the Stanford Department of Anthropology. He has left Stanford and now teaches at NYU, where he served as the inaugural Director of Latino Studies.


In the '50s, Rosaldo moved to Tucson, Arizona with his family where his father joined the Spanish department at the University of Arizona. He attended Tucson High School where he became a member of a "social club" called The Chasers, about which he later wrote an eponymous book of poetry.

Rosaldo graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Spanish History and Literature in 1963 and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology in 1971. He is the Lucy Stern Professor in the Social Sciences (emeritus) at Stanford University.[1] He taught at New York University[2] and is a New York Institute for the Humanities Fellow.[3]

He has published four volumes of poetry. His poetry has also appeared in Bilingual Review, Many Mountains Moving, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, Texas Observer.[4]

He was married to anthropologist Michelle Rosaldo (1944–1981). He is currently married to Mary Louise Pratt, a scholar of Latin American Studies and Comparative Literature. He has three children (Sam, Manuel, and Olivia), and three grandchildren.




  • Prayer to spider woman. Gobierno del Estado de Coahuila, Instituto Coahuilense de Cultura (ICOCULT). 2003.
  • Diego Luna's Insider Tips. Many Mountains Moving. 2012.
  • The Day of Shelly's Death: The Poetry and Ethnography of Grief. Duke University Press. 2014. ISBN 978-0-8223-5661-5.
  • The Chasers. Duke University Press. 2019. ISBN 978-1-4780-0418-9.




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