Specialisation: Social anthropology, symbolism, chieftainship, chaos theory, Pacific.
Professor Mark Mosko is the Head of Anthropology in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. Professor Mosko specialises in the ethnographic and comparatives studies of the cultures of Pacific Islanders, particularly Melanesia. His specialities in Pacific anthropology include social organization, symbolism, religion, exchange theory, chiefly organization, social change, social/cultural theory. His main focus of ethnographic research has been the Mekeo peoples of Papua New Guinea, but he has published various comparative works on the peoples of the Madang (PNG) hinterland, the Trobriand Islands, Ancient Hawaii, India, and the Mbuti of Zaire (Africa). Other areas of expertise include:
- structuralist analysis of myth and ritual
- theories of personhood
- chaos theory and social anthropology.
- Member (2002 - 06) and Chair (2004 - 05), Board of Directors, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania
- Board of Directors, The Polynesian Society (1998 - 2001)
- Executive Board, Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand (1998 - 2001).
Memberships / Fellowships
- Research Fellow, National Institute for the Humanities (USA) 1993
- H Claude Harcy Chair Distinguished Lecturer, Hartwick College, 2004