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Eve Darian-Smith

Professor of Global and International Studies, University of California, Irvine

I am an Australian who practiced commercial law for a few years before coming to the United States to do an MA (Harvard, sociocultural anthropology) and PhD (University of Chicago, sociocultural anthropology). I am an interdisciplinary scholar interested in issues of postcolonialism, human rights, legal pluralism, authoritarianism and democracy. I am an award-winning author and teacher, and have published widely, including 12 books and edited volumes. My coauthored book, "The Global Turn: Theories, Research Designs, and Methods for Global Studies" (2017), is widely considered a foundational text in the emerging field of global studies. My latest book is titled "Global Burning: Rising Antidemocracy and the Climate Crisis" (Stanford UP, 2022). My research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, American Philosophical Society, and the UC Center for New Racial Studies. I coedit a book series “Global and Insurgent Legalities” with Duke University Press and I'm on six editorial boards. I am very active in the Law & Society Association, serving three times as an elected member of the Trustee Board and currently serving as the elected Secretary.


  • –present
    Professor in Global Studies, University of California, Irvine


  • 1995 
    University of Chicago, PhD sociocultural anthropology
  • 1991 
    Harvard University, MA sociocultural anthropology
  • 1988 
    University of Melbourne , LLB
  • 1988 
    University of Melbourne , BA (Hons) History