Eric B. Ross

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Eric B. Ross "lectures at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague." [1] He is the editor of the political magazine, The Porcupine. [2]

Fellowships and Grants [3]

  • Columbia University Faculty Fellowship, 1969-73
  • Columbia University Latin American Institute Summer Field Research Grant, 1970
  • Dissertation Improvement Grant, Institute for Inter-Cultural Studies, 1972
  • Explorers' Club Grant for Field Research, 1972
  • Columbia University President’s Fellowship, 1972-73
  • Mount Holyoke College Faculty Grant, 1976
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation Research Grant, 1976
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Independent Study and Research, 1981
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation Research Grant, 1983
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation Conference Grant [with M. Harris], 1983
  • DGIS Cooperative Research Program Grant (in cooperation with the Agricultural University of Wageningen, The Netherlands), 1995
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant ($200,000 for three years) for student fellowships (2000-2002) for the Population & Development program at the Institute of Social Studies, 1999
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant ($250,000 for two years), as part of the Population, Consumption, Environment Initiative, for the research project, "Coastal Resources, Migration, Survival Strategies and Consumption in Livingston, Guatemala," 1999 (with Dr. Caro Mendez Nelson).
  • ICCO (Interchurch Organization for Development Co-operation) grant ($160,000 for one and a half years) for development of research program and conference on general theme of "Land Policies, Social Provisioning and Public Action, 2004 (with Haroon Akram-Lodhi and Cristobal Kay)

Consultancies [4]

  • Consultant, UNFPA, preparation of background book for Mexico City Population Conference, 1983-84
  • Member, Consultative Panel, Division of Arab States and Europe, United Nations Population Fund, 2005


  • Eric B. Ross, Beyond the Myths of Culture: Essays in Cultural Materialism (Studies in Anthropology) (Academic Press, 1980).
  • Marvin Harris and Eric B. Ross, Food and Evolution: Toward a Theory of Human Food Habits (Temple University Press, 1987).
  • Marvin Harris and Eric B. Ross, Death, Sex, and Fertility: Population Regulation in Preindustrial and Developing Societies (Columbia University Press, 1990).
  • Eric B. Ross, The Malthus Factor: Population, Poverty and Politics in Capitalist Development (Zed Books, 1998). Review another review

Other Selected Articles

  • Eric B. Ross (1986), "Potatoes, Population and the Irish Famine: The Political Economy of Demographic Change", In W. Penn Handwerker (ed.), Culture and Reproduction: An Anthropological Critique of Demographic Transition Theory. Boulder: Westview Press. Pp. 196-220.
  • Eric B. Ross (1996), "Malthusianism and Agricultural Development: False premises, false promises," Biotechnology and Development Monitor, No. 26, p. 24.
  • Eric B. Ross (1998), "Cold Warriors Without Weapons," Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 4(3-4): pp.475-506
  • Eric B. Ross (1998), "The Malthus Factor: Population Ideology in Capitalist Development," In S. Essers and N. Koning (eds.), The Population Bomb? Discussions on Demography. Wageningen: Studium Generale Landbouwuniversiteit. pp.27-48
  • Eric B. Ross (1998), "Malthusianism, Counter-Revolution and Green Revolution," Environment and Organization, 11(4): pp.446-50.
  • Eric B. Ross (2000), "The Malthus Factor: Poverty, Politics and Population in Capitalist Development," The Cornerhouse Briefing 20. July.
  • Eric B. Ross (2003), "Malthusianism, Capitalist Agriculture and the Fate of Peasants in the Making of the Modern World Food System," Review of Radical Political Economics, 35(4): pp.437-461.
  • Eric B. Ross (2006), "AIDS and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical View," The Porcupine, 5 February.
  • Eric B. Ross, "Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya and the Malthusian Paradigm in Contemporary Development Thinking," In Michel Pimbert (ed.), Reclaiming Knowledge for Diversity. London: Earthscan.
  • Eric B. Ross, "Peasants on Our Minds: Anthropology, the Cold War and the Myth of Peasant Conservatism," in Dustin Wax (ed.), Anthropology at the Dawn of the Cold War. London: London: Pluto Press, Pp.108-132.

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  1. Eric B. Ross, Macmillan, accessed April 20, 2009.
  2. About, The Porcupine, accessed April 21, 2009.
  3. CV, Institute of Social Studies, accessed April 20, 2009.
  4. CV, Institute of Social Studies, accessed April 20, 2009.