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Jack Weatherford

Cultural anthropologist and professor at Macalester College

Jack Weatherford is a cultural anthropologist who has been teaching Anthropology at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota since 1983.

Studying tribal cultures, he has worked with contemporary groups in Bolivia and the Amazon — and focused on the impact of the American Indians on world history.

Mr. Weatherford’s most recent book is “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” (2004). His other publications include “The History of Money,” “Savages and Civilization: Who Will Survive?” (1994), “Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World” (1988) — and “Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America” (1991).

Mr. Weatherford’s books have won the Minnesota Book Award in 1989 and in 1992. He also received the 1992 Anthropology in the Media Award from the American Anthropological Association and the 1994 Mass Media Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Mr. Weatherford received his B.A. in political science from the University of South Carolina in 1967. In 1972, he received a M.A. in Sociology from the University of South Carolina.

In 1977, he received his Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. He also received a post-doctural degree in Policy Studies from Duke University, Institute of Policy Sciences.

Articles by Jack Weatherford

The Women Who Ruled the Mongol Empire

In what ways did women centralize and expand Genghis Khan's vast empire?

June 20, 2005

Europe’s Fear of Asia

Why were the Mongols despised by Europe during the Enlightenment period?

April 4, 2005