Hitchcock, Robert K. 

(Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 1982)

Professor & Chair

Development/applied anthropology, human ecology, human rights, Africa. 


Biography (.pdf)

Curriculum Vitae (.pdf)

Publications (.pdf)


ROBERT HITCHCOCK (BA, University of California-Santa Barbara, MA, Ph.D. Anthropology, U New Mexico, 1982) is a professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.  He has worked with San peoples in Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe for the past 30 years. In addition, he has worked with indigenous peoples in Guatemala, Hawaii, California, Canada, the Great Plains, and the southwest, as well as with various groups in eastern and central Africa (e.g. in Somalia, Uganda, and Gabon).  In 1996 he published Kalahari Communities: Bushmen and the Politics of the Environment in Southern Africa (IWGIA, Copenhagen, 1996).  He is the co-editor (with Megan Biesele and Peter Schweitzer of Hunters and Gatherers in the Modern World: Conflict, Resistance, and Self-Determination (Berghahn Books, 2000).  In 2002, he co-edited a book with Alan Osborn:  Endangered Peoples of Africa and the Middle East: Struggles to Survive and Thrive (Greenwood, 2002) and he is the co-editor, with Diana Vinding, of Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Southern Africa (IWGIA, 2004).  Currently, he is doing a book on indigenous peoples' rights for Routledge and, with Megan Biesele, a book on the Ju/’hoansi of Nyae Nyae, Namibia for Berghahn.  Hitchcock has worked for IWGIA on the evaluation of programs aimed at assisting San peoples in Botswana.  He is a member of the Board and past co-president of the Kalahari Peoples Fund (KPF), an advocacy organization that provides assistance to San, Nama, and other peoples of southern Africa.  He is also a member of the Panel of Environmental Experts for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, the largest water project in Africa.  At present, Hitchcock is working with Sudanese and Ogoni refugees who have resettled in the Great Plains of the United States, and with Native Americans involved in resource management programs.


A few publications in process:


Hitchcock, Robert K., Megan Biesele, and David Green (in process) Development, Decentralization, and Natural Resource Management in Namibia. Society and Natural Resources.

Hitchcock, Robert K. (in process) Sip-wells: A Labor-Intensive Method of Water Collection in the Kalahari.  Journal of Arid Environments.

Hitchcock, Robert K. (in process) Review of Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods: Evolutionary, Developmental, and Cultural Perspectives, for Anthropological Quarterly.

Devitt, Paul and Robert K. Hitchcock (in process) Do-It-Yourself Resettlement: The Case of Lesotho’s Mohale Dam.  Development and Change.

Hitchcock, Robert K., Megan Biesele, and Adrainne M. Daggett (in process) Refugees, Resettlement, and Development in Namibia. African Study Monographs. (revised and resubmitted).