Conrad M. Arensberg

Conrad Maynadier Arensberg (September 12, 1910 – February 10, 1997) was an American anthropologist and scholar.[1]

He was born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.[2] He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 1931. He was exempted from his final exams by the College Dean who viewed them as "being completely unnecessary in Conrad's case" (Comitas 2000).[3] In 1937 his dissertation doctorate entitled The Irish Countryman became a college textbook.[4] Arensberg helped found The Society for Applied Anthropology[5] and was elected its President (1945–1946) as well as President of the American Anthropological Association (1980).[6] In 1957 he co-analyzed economies of ancient empires in Trade Markets in the Early Empires together with Karl Polanyi.[7] In 1991 he received the Society of Applied Anthropology's Malinowski Award.[8]

He was married to Vivian E. Garrison.[9]

He held the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professorship of Human Relations at Columbia University from 1970 until his retirement in 1980.[10] Thereafter he joined the faculty of the Joint Applied Anthropology Program at Teachers' College.[11]


  1. ^ Jr, Robert McG Thomas (1997-02-16). "Conrad Arensberg, 86, Dies; Hands-On Anthropologist". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  2. ^ Pennsylvania, Birth Certificates, 1906–1910
  3. ^ Fic, Christy. "Register to the Papers of Conrad M. Arensberg" (PDF). Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Anthropology Department.
  4. ^ "Waveland Press - The Irish Countryman - An Anthropological Study by Conrad M. Arensberg". Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  5. ^ Halpern, Joel. "Conrad Maynadier Arensberg (1910–1997)". University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  6. ^ "ACE - Conrad Maynadier Arensberg". Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  7. ^ Nash, Manning (March 1958). "Trade and Market in the Early Empires: Economies in History and Theory.Karl Polanyi , Conrad M. Arensberg , Harry W. Pearson". American Journal of Sociology. 63 (5): 562–563. doi:10.1086/222336. ISSN 0002-9602.
  8. ^ "Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) :: Malinowski Award Papers - Chapter Selection". Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  9. ^ "Conrad M. Arensberg papers, 1931–1997, bulk 1933–1990 | NAA Collections". Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  10. ^ Cribbs, Bill. "Miscellaneous Obituaries of Anthropologists". Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  11. ^ "Famed Anthropologist Arensberg, 86. Columbia University Record. February 21, 1997". Retrieved 2018-05-07.