Larry Nesper

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1994
Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies
At UW-Madison since 2002

Cultural Anthropology

Joint Appointment : American Indian Studies

Affiliations: African Studies, Legal Studies, and The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies


My research is in the area of Great Lakes Indian law and politics, largely in the federal Indian policy era of Self-determination (post-1960s), but I also have ethnohistorical interests in the region. I am generally interested in institutional development and am currently working on a research project on the development of the tribal courts in Wisconsin.


I have been teaching since the mid-1970s and have a rather diversified portfolio in this domain having taught middle school, high school, GED students, and college students in seven different institutions of higher learning. Here I teach:

Anthro 104 - Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity
Anthro 300 - Theory and Ethnography
Anthro 448 - Anthropology of Law
Anthro 353 - Indians of the Western Great Lakes
Anthro 471 - Ethnohistory of American Indian Religious and Political Movements
Anthro 940 - Seminar: Public Anthropologies
Anthro 940 - Seminar: Law in Culture and Society

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