Dwight Read


Dwight W. Read is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. at UCLA in mathematics, with focus on abstract algebras. He does research and publishes in all of the subdisciplines of Anthropology. He has worked extensively on the method and theory of archaeological classification, including the use of statistical methods for discovering morphological patterning among the artifacts produced by artisans as members of a cultural community. His current research focuses on the interrelationship between the material and the ideational domains in human societies with focus on the algebraic/logical structure that organizes the system of terms we, as culture-bearers, use to refer to our relatives, such as mother, father, cousin, sister-in-law and so on, in English. He has recently published three books: Artifact Classification: A Conceptual and Methodological Approach (2007, Left Coast Press), How Culture Makes Us Human (Series: Big Ideas in Little Books. 2012, Left Coast Press) and Human Thought and Social Organization: Anthropology on a New Plane with Murray Leaf (2012, Lexington Press).