The Anthropology & Sociology program at Williams is noted for its commitment to field-based research, both ethnographic and archaeological. Recent projects range from a documentary film about pre- and post-Taliban Afghanistan to qualitative studies of everyday survival strategies in post-socialist Russia. Members of the department have undertaken research in Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Israel, Indonesia, Ireland, Guatemala, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and various parts of the United States.
Publications emerging from these research projects since 2000 include Michael F. Brown’s Who Owns Native Culture? (Harvard University Press), David B. Edwards‘s Before Taliban (University of California Press), Kim Gutschow‘s Being a Buddhist Nun (Harvard University Press), Robert Jackall‘s Street Stories: The World of Police Detectives (Harvard University Press), Peter Just‘s Dou Donggo Justice (Rowman & Littlefield), James L. Nolan Jr.’s Reinventing Justice (Princeton University Press), Antonia Foias‘s Ancient Maya Political Dynamics (University Press of Florida), and Olga Shevchenko‘s Crisis and the Everyday in Postsocialist Moscow (Indiana University Press). Scholarly work by members of the department has been published in Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, German, Hungarian, Mandarin, Greek, Tamil, and Dutch.