Associate Professor Gregory A. Ruf
Ph.D. Columbia University, 1994
Phone: (631) 632-9013
Gregory Ruf's interests include anthropology and history, environment and economy, social organization and gender, politics and law, rural development, and theoretical issues in historiography and ethnographic writing. His research focuses on historical processes in the political ecology of agrarian states, particularly the social and cultural context of human behavioral interaction with the environment.
His first book (Cadres & Kin: Making a Socialist Village in West China, 1921-91 [Stanford]) examined family management, community formation, and the social organization of labor in rural enterprise in twentieth-century China, one of the first historical ethnographies to cover the Republican era, Maoist collectivism, and the first decade of market-oriented reforms. Ruf's subsequent work has addressed property rights and enterprise management, political and theoretical paradigms of rural development and modernization, social stratification and local elite succession, as well as economic and social divisions between rural and urban populations in China. More recently, his research interests have turned to political ecology, environment management, pollution and public health. He is currently involved in an international collaborative project on water resource management, development, and health in southwest China.<<<Go back