James C. Scott

Professor (Adjunct) of Law

(spring term)


James C. Scott is a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and the Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology at Yale University, where he has taught since 1976.

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James C. Scott

Education & Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Yale University, 1967
M.A., Yale University, 1963
B.A., Williams College, 1958

 

Courses Taught


  • Decentralized Resistance

James C. Scott is a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and the Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology at Yale University, where he has taught since 1976. He lives on a farm in Durham, CT where he raised and sheared sheep for more than two decades. The Founding Co-Director of the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, he was previously Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Scott has authored seven books: Domination and the Arts of Resistance, Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance, Seeing Like a State, The Art of Not Being Governed and, most recently, Against the Grain: A Deep History of the First Agrarian States, published by Yale University Press in 2017. He has been a Fellow at Stanford University’s Institute for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Institute for Advanced Study. A board member Asia Watch, Scott served as president of the Association of Asian Studies and was elected a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society in 2020. He graduated from Williams College in 1958 and received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University in 1963 and 1967, respectively.