Peter Just

Peter Just
Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Hollander Hall Rm 325


B.A. University of Chicago (1972)
M.A. University of Pennsylvania (1979)
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Anthropology (1986)

Areas of Expertise


  • Law and dispute settlement
  • Religion and magic
  • Cross-cultural study of personality and emotions
  • Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

ANTH 101(F)

The Scope of Anthropology

ANTH 233 / ASST 233 / REL 253

Spiritual Crossroads: Religious Life in Southeast Asia

ANTH 234 / WGSS 234


ANTH 328 T(F)

Emotions and the Self

ANTH 331

Witchcraft, Sorcery, and Magic

ANTH 340(S)

Artisan and Connoisseur

ANTH 391 / INTR 391

Insurgencies: Revolts, Revolutions, Wars of National Liberation, and Jihads

Scholarship/Creative Work


  • “Dead Goats and Broken Betrothals: Liability and Equity in Dou Donggo Law.”American Ethnologist 17: 75-90, 1990. Oxford University Press, 1988
  • “History, Power, Ideology, and Culture: Current Directions in the Anthropology of Law.” Law and Society Review 26 (2): 373-411, 1992
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2000, co-authored with John D. Monaghan
  • Dou Donggo Justice: Conflict & Morality in an Indonesian Society. Rowman & Littlefield, 2001
  • “Law, Ritual and Order.” In K. von Benda-Beckmann and F. Pirie, eds., Order and Disorder: Anthropological Perspectives, Berghahn Books, 2007

Current Committees

Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Chair