James Scott

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Sterling Professor, Political Science; Acting Director, Agrarian Studies; Professor, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Anthropology and Institute for Social and Policy Studies


115 Prospect Street, Rosenkranz Hall
1(203) 436-4091,
1(203) 432-9833


  • 1954-58 B.A. Williams College, Political Economy
  • 1958-59 auditor Rangoon University, Burma; Economics
  • 1959-60 auditeur, Institut des Sciences Politiques, Paris; Political Science
  • 1961-63 M.A. Yale University; Political Science
  • 1963-67 Ph.D. Yale University; Political Science


James Scott is the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and is Director of the Agrarian Studies Program. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has held grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science, Science, Technology and Society Program at M.I.T., and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations and anarchism. He is currently teaching Agrarian Studies and Rebellion, Resistance and Repression.

Recent publications include “Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed”, Yale University Press, 1997; “Geographies of Trust: Geographies of Hierarchy,” in Democracy and Trust, 1998; “State Simplifications and Practical Knowledge,” in People’s Economy, People’s Ecology, 1998 and The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist  History of Upland Southeast Asia” (Yale  Press, 2009).



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