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Robert Carneiro


Curator Emeritus of South American Ethnology, Division of Anthropology
Professor Emeritus, Richard Gilder Graduate School



  • University of Michigan, Ph.D, 1957
  • University of Michigan, M.A., 1952
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1949

Research Interests

Dr. Carneiro's fields of interest in anthropology are threefold: South American ethnology, cultural evolution, and political evolution. He has done field projects on three indigenous tribes inhabiting the Amazon basin: the Kuikuru Indians of central Brazil, the Amahuaca of eastern Peru, and the Yanoramo of southern Venezuela. Currently he is working on a study of manioc, the staple crop of most Amazonian Indians, and is about to start work on a monograph on the Kuikuru. Dr. Carneiro studies the ways in which societies have evolved from simple, autonomous Neolithic villages into ever-larger and more complex polities, passing through various stages of development, including the chiefdom, and culminating in the formation of pre-industrial states and empires, and ascertaining the factors that best account for this transition.


Division of Anthropology

Richard Gilder Graduate School


  • Carneiro, R.L. 2007. Foreword to Y=Arctg X; The Hyperbola of the World Order, by Max Ostrovsky, pp. ix-xi. University Press of America, Inc. Lanham, Md.
  • Cannibalism, a Palatable/Unpalatable Reality of Amazonia,” South American Explorer, No. 84, pp. 8, 10-13, 41-44.
  • Carneiro, R.L. 2007. “The Mystery of the Cotton Tipití, Tipití, Vol. 3, pp. 29-33.

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Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University, 1992-
  • Visiting Professor of Anthropology, Fordham University, Lincoln Center, NY, 1980
  • Visiting Professor of Anthropology, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, 1977
  • Visiting Professor of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 1973
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Los Angeles, 1968
  • Lecturer in Anthropology, Columbia University, 1964, 1965
  • Lecturer in Anthropology, Hunter College, 1964, 1965
  • Instructor in Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, 1956-57