James Redman

Associate Professor

James Redman is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the primacy of social connections in the Middle East and the ways that these interpersonal ties can provide economic and political rewards as well as access to state resources.  His past projects were based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Kuwait that included in-depth, longitudinal interviews and participant-observation with citizens and expatriates in both the public and private sectors.  Currently, his studies are based in Oman.

Research and Professional Activities

Research interests: 

Social connections, distributive economies, the relationships between oral traditions and written texts, post-oil innovation and knowledge economies in the GCC.

Current Projects: 

Memory and textual production, innovation metrics in the GCC


Social connections, memorization, textuality, national innovation agendas, science and technology initiatives, transitions to knowledge economies

Teaching Areas

ANT 261 Introduction to Culture and Society

ANT 385 Bedouin Society

ANT 435 World Regions: Africa

HIS 203 History of the Modern Middle East

HIS 204 History of the Twentieth Century

HIS 251 World History

HSS 615 African Politics

James Redman, "Public Property Law in Kuwait". In Participation Culture in the Gulf, edited by Nele Lenze and Charlotte Schriwer, 89-108. New York: Routledge, 2019.