College of Arts and Sciences

Lawrence A. Kuznar

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"Poverty Is Not Enough: The Role Wealth Distributions Play in Ethnic Conflict, Rebellion, and Warfare"
Dr. Lawrence A. Kuznar

Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Liberal Arts Building, Room 159
7:30 p.m.


Dr. Lawrence A. Kuznar’s research interests span several areas of anthropology. He has specialized in the study of traditional herding societies and has done extensive field research in the Peruvian Andes of South America, and among Navajo sheepherders and cattle ranchers in the American Southwest.

Methodologically, Dr. Kuznar has conducted archaeological research to uncover past societies, ethnographic research among contemporary herders, and mathematical analysis and computer simulation for testing anthropological theory. His theoretical interests include the ecology of herding and domestication, decision-making under risk, and the determinants of collective violence.

Dr. Kuznar has published numerous articles in major journals such as American Anthropologist, Current Anthropology, and Ecological Economics. He has also published 3 books on topics ranging from traditional Andean herding and archaeology, to the epistemological foundations of anthropological science.

Dr. Kuznar is currently collaborating with William Frederick and Robert Sedlmeyer on research that combines anthropological and economic research with mathematical modeling and computer simulation to understand the emergence of terrorism. Dr. Kuznar is a professor of anthropology and the Director of the IPFW Institute for Decision Sciences and Theory.