Bodley is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in indigenous peoples, cultural ecology, globalization and the application of anthropological insights to contemporary issues. He conducted field research with the Ashaninka, Conibo and Shipibo indigenous groups in the Peruvian Amazon throughout his early career. He has visited other indigenous groups in Alaska, Australia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and the Philippines. He has held visiting academic appointments at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and the University of Uppsala in Sweden and was a visiting researcher at the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs in Copenhagen.
He is the author of "Victims of Progress," "Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems," "Cultural Anthropology: Tribe, State and the Global System" and "The Power of Scale: A Global History Approach."
In 1986, Bodley served on the Tasaday Commission for the University of the Philippines Department of Anthropology in Manila. He was a member of the advisory subcommittee for the human rights section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility.
Bodley holds a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.
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