Ben Wallace

Professor Emeritus



Email: bwallace[@]

Educational Background

Ph.D. 1967 University of Wisconsin, Madison


Fellow, American Anthropological Association
Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology
First Intern, Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities

  • Human Ecology
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Southeast Asia

Courses Taught

ANTH 3317 - Peoples of Southeast Asia
ANTH 3385 - Sustainable Living (co-listed with CFA 3385)
ANTH 4305/6305 - Applied Anthropology
ANTH 6320 - Regional Ethnography


Ben Wallace's commitment to teaching, research, and writing began as an undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma when he co-founded a journal in anthropology that is still in existence more than four decades later. He published his first book while a graduate student. His introduction to the study of the people and cultures of Southeast Asia, his life-long professional commitment, came when he was introduced to the Philippines as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin.

Ben's early research was in the field of traditional ethnography (e.g., studying head taking, kinship analysis, religious worldview, and ecological adaptation), but as his experience grew, his attention turned more to the issue of how to utilize traditional anthropological concepts and methodologies as they can be applied to ameloirating some of the problems confronting the contemporary rural peoples of Asia.

Ben's long-term research project started twenty years ago when he designed the project and brought together a diverse group of institutions (the academy, government, and industry) to examine the causes, and develop cures for the deforestation problems in Southeast Asia. This project continues and he has just started a new research project on the environmental and cultural ramifications of the aftermath of the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo on the Ayta of the area.

While pursuing his teaching, research, and writing activities, Ben Wallace also served as Chair of Anthropology from 1985-92, Vice President for the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man from 1989-2000, and Director of the Study Abroad Office from 1992 until 2008.

His most recent publication, Weeds, Road and God: A Half-Century of Culture Change among the Philippine Ga'dang is a restudy of the Ga'dang, (Waveland Press, 2013) examines almost fifty years of change among the Ga'dang, ethnographic research, and his reflective view of anthropological research.

Selected Publications

Weeds, Road and God: A Hal-Century of Culture Change among the Philippine Ga'dang, Waveland Press, 2013.

The Changing Village Environment in Southeast Asia, Routledge Curzon, 2005.

Good Roots: Inheriting the Earth, Caltex Philippines, 2003.

Contemporary Pacific Societies (ed.with V. Lockwood and T. Harding) Prentice Hall, 1993.

The Invisible Resource: Women's Work and Time in Bangladesh, Westview Press, 1987.

For a comprehensive list of works by Dr. Wallace, please click here.

Memberships and Affiliations:
Philippine Sociological Society
Association of Asian Studies
American Men of Science