Professor Harri Englund

Subject Archaeology and Anthropology
Fellow type Lecturers, Professors and College Officers
Year started 2004


Harri Englund is a Professor in Social Anthropology. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Southern and East Africa, primarily in Malawi but also in Mozambique and Zambia. His research interests range from the anthropology of law, human rights and morality to the study of religion and popular culture. His initial fieldwork was among refugees who had fled Mozambique's civil war. He became interested in the impact of large-scale political and economic developments on the relationships and livelihoods of African peasants. This interest has involved further work on the political culture of emerging democracies, the relation between urbanisation and rural poverty, and the appeal of charismatic Christianity among the urban poor. He currently works on a project which examines popular radio and television programmes broadcast in African languages.

College positions


Director of Studies Part I & II Archaeology & Bioanthropology and Part II Social Anthropology