Dr. Durrenberger is an esteemed senior scholar who is widely recognized for his applications of social science methodologies to understand and serve the needs of the world. His long career boasts field work in Northern Thailand, Iceland, Turkey, North Carolina, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Iowa. His prolific publication record includes seminal articles in the American Anthropologist, the American Ethnologist, Field Methods, Culture and Agriculture, Ethnos, and the Annual Review of Anthropology to name only a few. His long list of books and book chapters includes studies on agriculture, labor, fishing territories, class, globalization, theory and methodology, archaeology, religion, politics and public policy.
Paul Durrenberger serves on the editorial boards of Maritime Anthropological Studies, Journal of Anthropological Research, Journal of Political Ecology, the Society for Economic Anthropology, Journal for the Anthropology of Work, and Culture and Agriculture. Dr. Durrenberger regularly contributes to the academic and non-academic community with reviews, reports, opinion editorials and commentaries. He is also a regular featured guest on National Public Radio, bring anthropological insights to bear on current events and issues. Paul Durrenberger has earned research grants from the prestigious Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation, as well as numerous other grants. His awards include recognition for excellence in teaching and the Robert McNetting Prize of the Political Ecology Society for an article judged to best advance research in that field. He is widely recognized for his scientific contributions within his discipline and among academic administrators and political activists.