Bio


Harumi Befu lived in Japan including WWII, during which he totally lost English, his native tongue. Returning to US after the war, he received his BA in anthropology at UCLA, MA in Far Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan, and Ph. D. in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin. He started teaching at Stanford in 1965. Retiring in 1996, he taught/lectured in Japan, rest of Asia, and Europe. He is a recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Japan Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, Guggenheim, SSRC-ACLS, etc.

Academic Appointments


  • Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Anthropological Sciences

2018-19 Courses