Ken MacLean is an Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change, and a faculty member at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology (University of Michigan 2005), a M.S. in Environment Justice (School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Michigan 2004), and a B.A. in Anthropology (Princeton University, 1990). Before coming to Clark University, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Comparative and International Studies (Emory University, 2005-2007). He has more than two decades of experience working with NGOs on issues related to human rights violations, conflict-induced displacement, state-sponsored violence, extractive industries, and territorial disputes across South East Asia.
MacLean is currently developing two new book-length projects. The first is an ethnographic study of human rights archives regarding large-scale violations (including alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity) in Burma/Myanmar. The second concerns the role Vietnamese amateur experts (pundits) play in shaping the territorial disputes regarding the greater South China Sea and its natural resources. Funding for his research has come from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, among other sources.