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Dr. Richard Robbins


SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor

Richard H. Robbins is Distinguished Teaching Professor at the Department of Anthropology at SUNY Plattsburgh. His books include Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism (7th edition) with Rachel Dowty, (selected by Choice: Journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries as An Outstanding Academic Title of the Year), Cultural Anthropology: A Problem-Based Approach (8th edition) co-authored with Rachel Dowty Beech, (which received the Text and Academic Authors Association textbook of the year award for the social sciences), Debt as Power, (runner-up for 2017 Sussex International Theory Prize) and An Anthropology of Money, both co-authored with Tim Di Muzio.  

His works have been translated into Korean, Chinese, Arabic, Polish, Italian and Spanish. He received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the American Anthropological Association/McGraw-Hill Teacher of the Year Award. His recent work convinces him that our economy is driven by the tyranny of the rate of return, its contribution to the continuing maldistribution of wealth, and the impoverishment of us all.  

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of North Carolina
    • M.A., New York University
    • B.A., Rutgers University
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