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Davydd Greenwood

Professor Emeritus

Mcgraw Hall, Room 206
djg6@cornell.edu

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A. in Anthropology, Spanish, Latin American Studies, Grinnell College

Overview

An anthropologist focused on the anthropology of organizations (manufacturing and service) with a special interest in higher education reform, Greenwood is an expert in the field of action research with a 45 year history of work in various parts of Spain on issues as diverse as rural exodus, ethnic conflict, industrial cooperatives, participatory community development, and the role of governmental institutions in exacerbating identity politics and conflicts. He has also participated in a variety of international PhD programs in action research, most notably in Norway as part of the Norwegian industrial democracy movement.  He has also done participatory community development work in de-industrialized towns in Upstate New York and in Spain's La Mancha region.

 

Departments/Programs

  • Anthropology

Research

At Cornell University where he has served as a faculty member since 1970, Greenwood has been a Corresponding Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences since 1996. He served as the John S. Knight Professor and Director of the Mario Einaudi Center from 1983-1995 and as Vice-President and President of the Association of International Education Administrators.  Subsequently he served as Director of the Cornell Institute for European Studies from 2000-2008. His work centers on action research, political economy, ethnic conflict, community and regional development, and neo-liberal reforms of higher education. His area focus includes Spain, Norway, and the United States. Among his books are Unrewarding Wealth (1976), Nature, Culture, and Human History with William A. Stini (1977), The Taming of Evolution (1985), Industrial Democracy as Process(1992), and Introduction to Action Research with Morten Levin, 2 editions (1998, 2007).

Publications

BOOKS:

1976      

  • Unrewarding Wealth:  Commercialization and the Collapse of Agriculture in a Spanish Basque Town, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.  

1977

  • Nature, Culture, and Human History: A Bio-cultural Introduction to Anthropology, coauthored with William A. Stini, New York, Harper & Row, Publishers.

1985

  • The Taming of Evolution:  The Persistence of Nonevolutionary Views in the Study of Humans, Ithaca, Cornell University Press.

1990

  • Culturas de Fagor:  Estudio antropológico de las cooperativas de Mondragón, co-author José Luis González (with Julio Cantón Alonso, Ino Galparsoro Markaide, Alex Goiricelaya Arruza, Isabel Legarreta Nuin, and Kepa Salaberría Amesti). San Sebastian, Editorial Txertoa.

1992      

  • Industrial Democracy as Process:  Participatory Action Research in the Fagor Cooperative Group of Mondragón, co-author, José Luis González Santos (with Julio Cantón Alonso, Ino Galparsoro Markaide, Alex Goiricelaya Arruza, Isabel Legarreta Nuin, and Kepa Salaberría Amesti), Assen-Maastricht, Van Gorcum Publishers.

1998      

  • Hondarribia:  Riqueza ingrata:  Comercialización y colapso de la agricultura. (traducción de María Belmonte Barrenetxea).  Donostia, Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del País Vasco. (translation of Unrewarding Wealth, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1976.)
  • Co-editor with Carol J. Greenhouse, Honorio Velasco M., Jesús Prieto de Pedro, La democracia y la diferencia: Cultura, poder y representación en los Estados Unidos y en España. Madrid, Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia.
  • with Morten Levin,  Introduction to Action Research:  Social Research for Social Change. Thousand Oaks, California, Sage Publications, Inc.

1999

  • Editor, Action Research: From Research to Writing in the Scandinavian Action Research Program, Amsterdam, John Benjamins.

2007

  • with Morten Levin, Introduction to Action Research:  Social Research for Social Change, Second edition revised. Thousand Oaks, California, Sage Publications, Inc.

2016

http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/LevinCreating

 

EDITED COLLECTIONS:

1988

  • Medical Anthropology, Theme issue, American Ethnologist, Vol. 15, No. 1, February, Davydd Greenwood, Shirley Lindenbaum, Margaret Lock, and Allan Young, eds.

2003

  • Roundtable on Social Capital, Theme issue, Social Epistemology: A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy, 17, no. 4, October-December.

2006

  • With Mary Brydon-Miller and Olav Eikeland, Ethics and Action Research, special issue of Journal of Action Research, 4, 1.

2014

  • Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Action Research, 2 vols.  David Coughlan and Mary Brydon-Miller, editors. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, also responsible for writing or coordinating various entries.

ARTICLES:
1.    Greenwood, Davydd, La etnografía y la etnicidad en España y los Estados Unidos: Un replanteamiento de la división del trabajo de las ciencias sociales, discurso de entrada en la Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Políticas, Anales de la Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Politicas, XLVIII, N 73, curso académico 1995-96: 383-415, 1996
2.    Greenwood, Davydd, Multicultural Geography versus Multicultural Genealogy:  Ancient Distinctions with Contemporary Impacts, “Homenaje a Julio Caro Baroja”, special issue of the Revista de Dialectología y Tradiciones Populares LI: 241-263, 1996
3.    Greenwood, Davydd, La investigación-acción en las ciencias morales y políticas: una tarea pendiente en el homenaje a Joaquin Costa, Temas de Antropología Aragonesa, Nº 6: 55-93.
4.    Greenwood, Davydd, Joan Josep Pujadas Muñoz y Teresa del Valle Murga, In memoriam Julio Caro Baroja. Temas de Antropología Aragonesa, Nº 6: 135-152, 1996
5.    1997    
6.    Greenwood, Davydd, Johan Elvemo, Ann Martin, Lisa Grant Mathews, Aleeza Strubel, Laurine Thomas, Participation, Action, and Research in the Classroom, Studies in Continuing Education 19, No. 1:1-50, , 1997
7.    Greenwood, Davydd and Morten Levin, Action Research, Science, and the Co-optation of Social Research, Studies in Cultures, Organizations and Societies. Vol 4, No. 2, summer, 1998, pp. 237-261, 1998.
8.    Greenwood, Davydd and Morten Levin, The Reconstruction of Universities:  Seeking a Different Integration into Knowledge Development Processes, in Concepts and Transformation 2, No. 2: 145-163, 1998.
9.    Greenwood, Davydd, The Inhumanities and Inaction Research in Anthropology, Society for Humanistic Anthropology, Anthropology Newsletter, Volume 40, Number 4, April, p. 56, 1999.
10.    Greenwood, Davydd, De la observación a la investigación-acción participativa: una visión crítica de las prácticas antropológicas, Revista de Antropología Social, 9: 27-49, 2000.
11.    Greenwood, Davydd and Morten Levin, Re-Organizing Universities and "Knowing How": University Restructuring and Knowledge Creation for the Twenty-first Century in Organization 8, No.2: 433-440, 2001.
12.    Greenwood, Davydd, Action research: Unfulfilled promises and unmet challenges, Concepts and Transformation 7.2:117–139, 2002.
13.    Greenwood, Davydd, Alone and Together: A Reflection for Qualitative Inquiry on the Terror Attack, Qualitative Inquiry, Vol 8, No. 2: 191-193, 2002.
14.    Schafft, Kai and Davydd Greenwood, Promises and Dilemmas of Participation:  Action Research, Search Conference Methodology, and Community Development, Journal of the Community Development Society, 34, No. 1: 18-35, 2002. 
15.    Brydon Miller, Mary, Patricia Maguire, and Davydd Greenwood, Why Action Research?, Journal of Action Research, Vol. 1, No. 1: 9-28, 2003.
16.    Action Research: Collegial Responses Fulfilled, Concepts and Transformation, Vol. 9, No. 1: 80- 93, 2004.
17.    Greenwood, Davydd and Mary Brydon-Miller with Carla Shafer, Intellectual Property and Action Research, in Journal of Action Research, 4, 1, 81-95, 2006
18.    Greenwood, Davydd and Mary Brydon-Miller, A Re-examination of the Relationship between Action Research and Human Subjects Review Processes, in Journal of Action Research, 4, 1, 117-128, 2006
19.    Greenwood, Davydd, Investigación participativa y la transformación de las universidades públicas: dar lugar a la producción de conocimiento en Modelo 2 en organizaciones de Modelo II en Rodríguez Villasante, Tomás, editor, “Metodología participativa y complejidad en las ciencias sociales”, número monográfico, Política y Sociedad 44, Nº 1, 95-106, 2007.
20.    Greenwood, Davydd, Pragmatic Action Research, International Journal of Action Research, Volume 3, Numbers 1 and 2, 131-148, 2007.
21.    Greenwood, Davydd, Teaching/Learning Action Research Requires Fundamental Reforms in Public Higher Education, in Morten Levin and Ann Martin, eds., The Praxis of Education Action Researchers, theme issue, Action Research, 5: 249-264, 2007
22.    Greenwood, Davydd, Bologna in America: The Spellings Commission and Neo-liberal Higher Education Policy Learning and Teaching 2, 1: 1-38, 2009.
23.    Greenwood, Davydd, Competing Views of Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education: The New Public Management versus Title VI Programs as "Public Goods", Celebrating 50 Years, Title VI 50th Anniversary Conference, Washington, D.C., 2009. http://titlevi50th.msu.edu/agenda/
24.    Greenwood, Davydd, Neo-liberales, liberales y conservadores: Los retos del Thatcherismo y el Proceso de Bolonia y la necesidad de una investigación social dedicada al análisis de los procesos de reforma de la universidad pública", Imago Crítica 2: 7-28, 2010.
25.    Greenwood, Davydd, Review Article: The Future of U.S. Higher Education: Richard Arum and Josipa Roska, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, in Learning and Teaching 4, 2: 62-74, 2011.
26.    Greenwood, Davydd et al., Commentaries on Greenwood’s review article on Richard Arum and Josipa Roska, Academically Adrift, (The Future of U.S. Higher Education: Richard Arum and Josipa Roska, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, in Learning and Teaching 4, 2: 62-74), Learning and Teaching, 4, 3, pp. 57-73, 2012.
27.    Greenwood, Davydd, Doing and Learning Action Research in the Neo-liberal World of Contemporary Higher Education, Action Research 10 (2): 115-132, 2012.
28.    Susan Wright, Davydd Greenwood, and Rebecca Boden, Report on a field visit to Mondragón University:  a cooperative experience/experiment, Learning and Teaching 4, 3, pp. 38-56, 2012.
29.    Greenwood, Davydd, Fred Luthans,; Ivana Milosevic, Beth Bechky, Beth; Edgar Schein; Wright, Susan Wright, Reclaiming "Anthropology: the forgotten behavioral science in management history"–commentaries. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 2, 1: 92-116, 2013.
30.    Greenwood, Davydd, Organizational Anthropology: An Analysis of American Anthropology and the Organization of Higher Education in the United States, in D. Douglas Caulkins and Ann Jordan, eds., A Companion to Organizational Anthropology. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 27-55, 2013

Lectures and Papers Delivered since 2000 (136 additional lectures between 1971-1999)
1.    Experiences from Action Research Teaching: A Seminar, Participatory Research Network, Michigan State University, with Richard Kiely, 2000.
2.    "When is Action Research Action Research and When Is It Just Good Old Applied Social Research?  A Discussion of Cases," Participatory Research Network Lecture Series, Michigan State University, with Richard Kiely, 2000.
3.    “Organizational Cultures: Field Methods” Escuela de Antropología Social “Julio Caro Baroja”, Universidad Internacional Menéndez y Pelayo, Santander, Spain, 2000.
4.    “Medical Anthropology: Field Methods,” Escuela de Antropología Social “Julio Caro Baroja”, Universidad Internacional Menéndez y Pelayo, Santander, Spain, 2000.
5.    Organizer and moderator, “Experiments in Building Participatory Learning Communities on the Internet:  Language Learning and Teaching, Collaborative Dictionaries, and Municipal Services”, Workshop at Designing Digital Environments, The Participatory Design Conference 2000, New York City. , 2000.
6.    Videoconference:  Action Research: An Introduction, SUNY-Albany: "Issues in Epidemiology" March 7, 2001. Convener:  The Future of the Humanities and the Social Sciences in Corporate Universities, Institute for European Studies Seminar Series, 2001.
7.    Co-convener and speaker, Institute for European Studies, American Studies Program, University of Turin Workshop:  Dan Rodgers and “Atlantic Crossings” , 2001.
8.    Lecture: Convergence and Divergence in University Reform and the Risk to the Social Sciences: A Comparative View and a Call for Collaboration, Science, Technology, and Ethics Program, University of Innsbruck, Austria, February, 2002.
9.    Lecture: Naturalizing Social Capital: Social Darwinism -- Again and Again and Again, Institute for European Studies, Cornell University and University of Turin Workshop Social Capital and Civic Community, Ithaca, September, 2002.
10.    Doctoral course: Engaged Anthropology, Department of Anthropology and Ethnography, Aarhus University, Denmark, October, 2002.
11.    Lecture: The Social Sciences in Decline: An Ethnographic View of the Global University, Aarhus Department of Anthropology colloquium, October, 2002.
12.    Lecture: Las ciencias sociales en declive: una vision etnográfica de la universidad global, Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, October, 2002.
13.    Lecture: La antropología "inaplicable": El divorcio entre la teoría y la práctica y el declive de la antropología universitaria, Sociedad Española de Antropología Aplicada, Granada, November, 2002.
14.    Lecture: La investigación acción, con Carlos Bezos Daleske, Seminario de Antropología Aplicada, Facultad de Antropología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, November, 2002.
15.    Lecture: Who Are the Real "Problem Owners"? On the Social Embeddedness of Universities, Conference: Universities, The Knowledge Economy and Regional Development,  University of Innsbruck, December, 2002.
16.    Anthropology's Unclear Sense of "Engagement": An Action Research Perspective, Mt. Holyoke College Anthropology Colloquium, 2003.
17.    The Conventional Social Sciences in Decline: Ethnographic Views of Struggles within "Corporatizing" Universities, Department of Anthropology Colloquium, U Mass Amherst, 2003.
18.    Back to the Future: Chimerical Nation-states and Denationalizing Anthropologies, "Dislocation/Relocation:  Geographies of European Anxieties," Graduate Conference on the Anthropology of Europe, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2003.
19.    Theoretical Research, Applied Research, and Action Research: When Is Research "Activist"? SSRC Conference "Activist Scholarship, Coalition Against Police Abuse, Los Angeles, 2003.
20.    University Plate Tectonics, Censorship, Academic Taylorism, and the Disappearing "Social", Cornell University Symposium: Building the University:  Spaces, Narratives, and Ideologies,  Architecture Graduate Student Association and History of Architecture and Urbanism Society, 2003.
21.    Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, and Action Research, Symposium L'anthropologie appliquée aujourd'hui, Société d'Ethnologie française/ Sociedad Española de Antropología Aplicada, Bordeaux, 2004.
22.    Reconstructing the Social Sciences by Administrative Design: A Progress Report from Cornell University, Seminar Series: Graduate Education in the Social Sciences: Challenges and Priorities, University of Washington, Seattle, Center for Research In Graduate Education, 2004.
23.    The Corporatization of Higher Education:  What Could be the Role of the Social Sciences in Managing Higher Education Better?, Public lecture, Telluride Association Lecture, 2004.
24.    The Future of Area and Language Studies in a Globalizing World: Institutional Challenges and Opportunities, Public lecture, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 2005.
25.    European Universities in an Age of Globalization, Center for European Studies Syracuse University symposium European Culture in an Age of Globalization, 2005.
26.    European University Reform: A Play in Three Acts, Franco-German Dialogue and the New Europe, Cornell University, 2005.
27.    How Action Research is Scientifically Meaningful: Warranted Assertability through Cogenerative Inquiry, Keynote lecture:  Participatory Action Research and the Social Sciences: Producing Local and Public Knowledge, Research Center for Leadership in Action and Steinhardt School of Education, New York University, 2005.
28.    European Public University Reform:  The “New Public Management” of European Higher Education and Its Implantation in the United States, Conference: The Bologna Process: Transatlantic Perspectives, EU Center of Excellence, University of Pittsburgh, June 2006
29.    Why Universities are Not Learning Organizations and What Can Be Done About It: An International Action Research Approach to Higher Education Reform. Keynote address, International Education Week, James M. Clark Center for International Education, State University of New York College at Cortland, 2007.
30.    Las paradojas en la reforma neo-liberal de la universidad pública: La universidad socialmente “relevante” versus la universidad académicamente “excelente,” Keynote Lecture, Biennial Meetings of the Spanish Society for Applied Anthropology, Santander, 2007.
31.    Universities are not Learning Organizations: An Action Research View of University Reform in the Age of "Public Accountability, Department of Development Sociology Seminar Series, Cornell University, 2007.
32.    How Globalization Affects Higher Education in the United States, Cornell University Engineering Alumni Symposium: The Impact of Globalization on Business and Technology, 2007.
33.    Competing Views of Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education: The New Public Management versus Title VI Programs as "Public Goods", Celebrating 50 Years, Title VI 50th Anniversary Conference, Washington, D.C., 2009.
34.    Neo-liberalism and the University, Telluride Association Seminar, Cornell University
35.    Pseudo-conservatism and Pseudo-liberalism in American higher Education Since 1945: Contemporary Neo-liberalism and the New Public Management at conference New Directions in Postwar Conservative Thought:  A German-American Dialogue, Institute for German Cultural Studies, Cornell University, October 2-3, 2009.
36.    Desde 10 Downing Street a Bolonia, pasando por Washington, DC: Un análisis comparativo de las reformas neo-liberales de la educación superior bajo la perspectiva de la antropología organizativa, Invited lecture, Department of Anthropology and Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Granada, 2009.
37.    Neo-liberales, liberales y conservadores: Los retos del Thatcherismo y el Proceso de Bolonia y la necesidad de una investigación social dedicada al análisis de los procesos de reforma universitaria, seminar sponsored by the the Rector and Dean of the Social Sciences of the university in the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, 2009.
38.    What is Action Research?, lecture, Kozsminski University, Warsaw, 2009.
39.    Anthropology and the Reform of Higher Education, seminar, CROW Research Group, Kozminski University, Warsaw, 2009.
40.    Action Research in Public Higher Education: Why it is Necessary and Why It is Rare, keynote lecture, Ph.D. course in Action Research, University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University, Copenhagen, 2011.
41.    Neo-liberalism, Higher Education Reform and Anthropology, Lecture, University of Aarhus/Danish University of Education, Copenhagen, 2011.
42.    Conservative and Liberal Nostalgia versus Neo-liberal Utopianism: Undermining U.S. Public Universities in the 21st Century, Conference: German Conservative Thought after 1945, Humboldt University, Berlin, 2011.
43.    DesignConnect Seminar, Cornell University, Participatory Design, October, 2011
44.    City and Regional Planning Graduate Proseminar, What is Action Research? October 2011
45.    Action Research: Better Social Research through Participatory Planning, International Studies in Planning Lecture Series, Cornell University, April, 2012.
46.    Michigan State University Graduate Seminar, Introduction to Action Research, February, video-conference seminar April, 2012.
47.    Action Research Training for NGO Development, with Richard Kiely, 2, 2 hour sessions with 12 participants in India, Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM), organized by Mr. A. Karpur and Dr. R. Balasubramanium, 2012.