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Mark Liechty, PhD


Anthropology, Sociocultural


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Mark Liechty is a cultural anthropologist with a joint appointment in Anthropology and History at UIC. He is a South Asianist whose research focuses on Nepali history and society.

His research and teaching interests include class theory and social organization, mass media, consumer culture, cultural history, social and cultural theory, tourism, youth culture, globalization, “development,” and South Asian history. Major publications include: Suitably Modern: Making Middle Class Culture in a New Consumer Society (Princeton University Press, 2003), Out Here in Kathmandu: Modernity on the Global Periphery (Kathmandu: Martin Chautari Press, 2010), ), The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing Through Ethnography (edited with Rachel Heiman and Karla Freeman, Santa Fe: SAR Press, 2012), and Far Out: Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017).

His most recent books are Epicenter to Aftermath: Rebuilding and Remembering in the Wake of Nepal’s Earthquakes (edited with Michael Hutt and Stefanie Lotter, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021) and What Went Right: Sustainability Versus Dependence in Nepal’s Hydropower Development (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022)

Since 1997 he has served as (founding) co-editor of the Nepal Studies journal Studies in Nepali History and Society.

Selected Publications

Himalayas in the Western Mind’s Eye: “Incredibly Spiritual and Marvelous.” Economic and Political Weekly (Mumbai) 53(19):32-36, May 12.

Far Out: Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Winner of the 2018 Kekoo Naoroji Book Award for Himalayan Literature.)

The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing Through Ethnography. Santa Fe: SAR Press. Edited, with Rachel Heiman and Carla Freeman.

Middle Class Déjà Vu: Conditions of Possibility from Victorian England to Contemporary Kathmandu. In The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing Through Ethnography. Rachel Heiman, Carla Freeman, and Mark Liechty, eds. Pp. 271-300. Santa Fe: SAR Press.

Out Here in Kathmandu: Modernity on the Global Periphery. Kathmandu: Martin Chautari Press.

Carnal Economies: The Commodification of Food and Sex in Kathmandu. Cultural Anthropology 20(1):1-38.

Suitably Modern: Making Middle-Class Culture in a New Consumer Society. Princeton: Princeton University Press

Service to Community

Founding co-editor (since 1996) of the interdisciplinary Nepal Studies journal Studies in Nepali History and Society (SINHAS).

Notable Honors

2017 - 2020, International Co-Investigator on collaborative grant, Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

2019, Visiting Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

2019, Edward Bruner Book Prize, for Far Out, American Anthropological Association

2018, Kekoo Naoroji Award for Himalayan Literature, for Far Out, The Himalayan Club

2014, "Fulbright Specialist" Appointee, US Department of State

2009, Advanced Seminar Participant, School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe), March-April

2007-2008, Fulbright Faculty Research Abroad Grant, US Department of State


University of Pennsylvania, Department of Anthropology, 1986-1994
Ph.D. Anthropology dissertation advisor: Arjun Appadurai

Goshen College, Goshen Indiana, 1978-1983
B.A. History; B.A. Biology

Woodstock International School, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India, graduate, 1978

Research Currently in Progress

Liechty’s current interests revolve around questions of state sovereignty in 19th and early 20th century Nepal.