Past Faculty

Clifford Geertz

School of Social Science
Social Science

Clifford Geertz, an eminent scholar in the field of cultural anthropology, was the first and founding professor in the School of Social Science. He served on the faculty from 1970 to 2006.

Geertz’s work defined the field of interpretive social science, and he is regarded as one of the most influential and widely cited American cultural anthropologists of the second half of the twentieth century. Under his intellectual leadership, interpretive social science was developed and disseminated at the Institute’s School of Social Science. 

Dates at IAS
  • Social Science
  • Social Science
Harvard University Ph.D., 1956
Doctor of Laws(hc) Bates Coll 1980
DHum-Litt(hc) North Mich Univ 1975
Doctor of Laws(hc) Harvard Univ 1974
National Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member 1973
American Philosophical Society 1972
American Association for the Advancement of Science 1966