About Alex Golub

Alex Golub is associate professor of anthropology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

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NBN Episodes hosted by Alex:

Jack Glazier, "Anthropology and Radical Humanism: Native and African American Narratives and the Myth of Race" (Michigan State UP, 2020)

January 4, 2024

Anthropology and Radical Humanism

Jack Glazier
Hosted by Alex Golub

Paul Radin was one of the founding generation of American cultural anthropologists: A student of Franz Boas, and famed ethnographer of the Winnebago.…

Freddy Foks, "Participant Observers: Anthropology, Colonial Development, and the Reinvention of Society in Britain" (U California Press, 2023)

April 14, 2023

Participant Observers

Freddy Foks
Hosted by Alex Golub

Freddy Foks's Participant Observers: Anthropology, Colonial Development, and the Reinvention of Society in Britain (U California Press, 2023) is a nov…

Patrick L. Schmidt, "Harvard's Quixotic Pursuit of a New Science: The Rise and Fall of the Department of Social Relations" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2022)

March 19, 2023

Harvard's Quixotic Pursuit of a New Science

Patrick L. Schmidt
Hosted by Alex Golub

Harvard's Department of Social Relations made history in the 1950s and 1960s as the most ambitious program in social science in the United States. Ded…

Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt, "Franz Boas: The Emergence of the Anthropologist" (U Nebraska Press, 2019)

September 27, 2022

Franz Boas

Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt
Hosted by Alex Golub

Franz Boas is remembered today as one of the most important figures in the history of anthropology. In the United States, he is widely created with cr…

Holger Droessler, "Coconut Colonialism: Workers and the Globalization of Samoa" (Harvard UP, 2022)

June 15, 2022

Coconut Colonialism

Holger Droessler
Hosted by Alex Golub

In Coconut Colonialism: Workers and the Globalization of Samoa (Harvard UP, 2022), Holger Droessler provides a novel history of the impact of globaliz…

Sophie Chao, "In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua" (Duke UP, 2022)

March 29, 2022

In the Shadow of the Palms

Sophie Chao
Hosted by Alex Golub

This episode we speak with Sophie Chao, author of In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua (Duke University Press, 2022). H…

Emalani Case, "Everything Ancient Was Once New: Indigenous Persistence from Hawaiʻi to Kahiki" (U Hawaii Press, 2021)

August 20, 2021

Everything Ancient Was Once New

Emalani Case
Hosted by Alex Golub

In Everything Ancient Was Once New: Indigenous Persistence from Hawai‘i to Kahiki (U Hawaii Press, 2021), Emalani Case draws on her own life experienc…

Anthony Q. Hazard, "Boasians at War: Anthropology, Race, and World War II" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

July 28, 2021

Boasians at War

Anthony Q. Hazard
Hosted by Alex Golub

The realities of race that continue to plague the United States have direct ties to anthropology. Anthropologists often imagine their discipline as i…

Nicholas Thomas, "Voyagers: The Settlement of the Pacific" (Apollo, 2020)

July 19, 2021


Nicholas Thomas
Hosted by Alex Golub

In Voyagers: The Settlement of the Pacific (Apollo, 2020), the distinguished anthropologist Nicholas Thomas tells the story of the peopling of the Pac…

Emilia E. Skrzypek, "Revealing the Invisible Mine: Social Complexities of an Undeveloped Mining Project" (Berghahn, 2020)

February 3, 2021

Revealing the Invisible Mine

Emilia E. Skrzypek
Hosted by Alex Golub

Located amid tropical rainforest in the heart of Papua New Guinea, the Frieda River area is home to one of the biggest undeveloped gold and copper dep…

Lamont Lindstrom, "Tanna Times: Islanders in the World" (U Hawaii Press, 2021)

November 24, 2020

Tanna Times

Lamont Lindstrom
Hosted by Alex Golub

For four decades, Lamont "Monty" Lindstrom has conducted research on the island of Tanna in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Considered by outsiders to …

Elizabeth Ferry and Stephen Ferry, "La Batea" (Red Hook, 2017)

September 30, 2020

La Batea

Elizabeth Ferry and Stephen Ferry
Hosted by Alex Golub

La Batea is an unconventional book. A collaboration between anthropologist Elizabeth Ferry and her photographer brother Stephen, it combines text and …

Maile Arvin, "Possessing Polynesians: The Science of Settler Colonial Whiteness in Hawai‘i and Oceania" (Duke UP, 2020)

August 13, 2020

Possessing Polynesians

Maile Arvin
Hosted by Alex Golub

From their earliest encounters with Indigenous Pacific Islanders, white Europeans and Americans saw Polynesians as almost racially white, and speculat…

Matt Tomlinson, "God is Samoan: Dialogues Between Culture and Theology in the Pacific" (U Hawai‘i Press, 2020)

June 23, 2020

God is Samoan

Matt Tomlinson
Hosted by Alex Golub

Christian theologians in the Pacific Islands see culture as the grounds on which one understands God. In God is Samoan: Dialogues Between Culture a…

Nancy Mattina, "Uncommon Anthropologist: Gladys Reichard and Western Native American Culture" (U Oklahoma Press, 2019)

May 13, 2020

Uncommon Anthropologist

Nancy Mattina
Hosted by Alex Golub

Protégé of Elsie Clews Parsons and Franz Boas, founder and head of Barnard College's anthropology department, and a trailblazer in Native American lin…

Elise Berman, "Talking Like Children: Language and the Production of Age in the Marshall Islands" (Oxford UP, 2019)

March 2, 2020

Talking Like Children

Elise Berman
Hosted by Alex Golub

Since World War II, the fate of the Marshal Islands has been tied to the United States. The Marshalls were a site of military testing, host a US milit…

Wendy Wickwire, "At The Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging" (UBC Press, 2019)

November 13, 2019

At The Bridge

Wendy Wickwire
Hosted by Alex Golub

The history of anthropology remembers James Teit as a field assistant and man-on-the spot for Franz Boas. But in At The Bridge: James Teit and an Anth…

Don Kulick, "A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea" (Algonquin Books, 2019)

October 7, 2019

A Death in the Rainforest

Don Kulick
Hosted by Alex Golub

Called "perhaps the finest and most profound account of ethnographic fieldwork and discovery that has ever entered the anthropological literature" by …

Charles King, "Gods of the Upper Air: How A Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century" (Doubleday, 2019)

September 4, 2019

Gods of the Upper Air

Charles King
Hosted by Alex Golub

American anthropologists consider Franz Boas, Ruth Benedict, and Margaret Mead to be foundational figures, but outside the academy few people know the…

Christina Thompson, "Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia" (Harper, 2019)

July 25, 2019

Sea People

Christina Thompson
Hosted by Alex Golub

It's rare for a book of non-fiction to catch the interest of the reading public in the United States, much less a book on the history of science in th…

David Varel, "The Lost Black Scholar: Resurrecting Allison Davis in American Social Thought" (U Chicago Press, 2018)

July 12, 2019

The Lost Black Scholar

David Varel
Hosted by Alex Golub

Allison Davis (1902-1983) was a pioneering anthropologist who did ground-breaking fieldwork in the Jim Crow south, challenged the racial bias of IQ te…