Professor Emeritus, History
An anthropologist, also holds advanced degrees in religious studies and humanities. He has done fieldwork in Mexico, Ecuador, and primarily in Spain. His general interests are in the relation between cultural meanings and practices and the exercise of political and economic power. He is the author of the ethnographic and historical study, El Castillo: The Politics of Tradition in an Andalusian Town
, which won the President's Book Award of the Social Science History Association and the Robert E. Park Award of the Urban and Community Studies Section of the American Sociological Association. More recently, he published a study of state and public culture, The Best of All Possible Islands: Seville's Universal Exposition, the New Spain, and the New Europe
. His current research interests include microhistory, processes of Europeanization and globalization, the cultural politics of European liberalisms, regionalism and nationalism, and the transformation of the countryside in Spain and Europe.