Biography

Michael Jackson is a New-Zealand-born anthropologist and creative writer, presently living and working in the US.  He has published thirty books of poetry, fiction, ethnography and memoir, and is internationally renowned for his innovations in ethnographic writing, his pioneering use of phenomenological and pragmatist methods in anthropology, and his contributions to existential anthropology.  In New Zealand, he is best known for his poetry and creative non-fiction (Latitudes of Exile was awarded the Commonwealth Poetry Prize in 1976, and Wall won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry in 1981). Since 1969 he has conducted extensive fieldwork among the Kuranko of Sierra Leone, the Warlpiri and Kuku-Yalanji of Australia, and African migrants in Europe.  He has held teaching positions in New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, and the United States (College Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, 1988-1996; Distinguished Professor of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School, 2005 -)

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