Curriculum Vitae
  Biographical Statement
  Patron's Medal
  Pictures of Fieldwork
Current Projects

Property Systems


Sabah Oral Literature Project

  Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research
  Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research
  Borneo Research Council
Selected Articles
  The Dusun Languages of Northern Borneo

The Health Consequences of Development

  Iban Studies
  Teaching Anthropological Ethics
  Complete Bibliography
  Theoretical Issues in the Study of Cognatic Societies
  Emergent Structuralism and Agency
  The Rungus Momogun of Northern Borneo
  The Bulusu' of East Kalimantan
Research of Family Members
  Laura W. R. Appell
  Laura P. Appell Warren, M.Ed.
  Amity A. Doolittle, M.E.S., Ph.D.
  Charity Appell McNabb


Amity A. Doolittle, M.E.S., Ph.D.

Program Director
Tropical Resources Institute
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Lecturer on Social Change and the Environment
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Field Research:

10/95-9/96    Dissertation Fieldwork, Sabah, Malaysia.  Research focused on the changing nature of property rights controlling access to forest and agricultural resources from 1880-present in two rural villages in east Malaysia.

6/86-9/86    Anthropological Fieldwork, Sabah Malaysia.  Research for undergraduate honors thesis investigating the cultural and physiological origins of a culture-bound, gender-specific syndrome known as latah.


Appell, Amity C. P.

1986    The Bulusu' Language of East Kalimantan: Ethnographic Profile and Basic Word List. Borneo Research Bulletin 18:166-74.

1987    The Study of a "Normal" Culture-Bound Syndrome: Latah Among the Rungus of Borneo. Honors dissertation, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.

Doolittle, Amity Appell

1991     Latah Behavior by Females Among the Rungus of Sabah. In Female and Male in Borneo: Contributions and Challenges to Gender Studies, Vinson H. Sutlive, Jr., editor. Borneo Research Council Monograph Series Volume 1. Williamsburg: Borneo Research Council.

1998     Historical and Contemporary Views of Legal Pluralism in Sabah, Malaysia. Forum Commentary in Common Property Resource Digest No. 47:1-5.

1999     Controlling the Land: Property Rights and Power Struggles in Sabah, Malaysia 1881-1996. Ph.D. dissertation, Yale University.

2000     Review of "The Politics of Environment in Southeast Asia: Resources and Resistance," edited by Philip Hirsch and Carol Warren. Journal of Asian Studies 59(3):800-801.

2001    "Are They Making Fun of Us?" The Politics of Development in Sabah, Malaysia. Moussons: Social Science Research on Southeast Asia 4:75-95.

2001     From Village Land to "Native Reserve": Changes in Property Rights in Sabah, Malaysia, 1950-1996. Human Ecology 29(1):69-98.

2002     Review of "Indigenous Environment Knowledge and Its Transformations: Critical Anthropological Perspectives," edited by Roy Allen, Peter Parkes and Alan Bicker. American Ethnologist 29(1):180-181.

2002    The Unseen, Unheard and Misunderstood: What Can We Learn from the Social History of Property Relations? Tropical Resources: The Bulletin of the Yale Tropical Resources Institute 21:4-5.

2002    Indigenous Environmental Knowledge and Its Transformations: Critical Anthropological Perspectives.  In American Ethnologist, 29(1), 180-181.

2003    Colliding Discourses: Western Land Laws  and Native Customary Rights in North Borneo, 1881-1928.  Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 34:97-126.

2004    "Powerful Persuasions: The Language of Property and Power in Sabah, Malaysia, 1881-1996." Modern Asian Studies. 38(4):821-850.

2005    Property and Politics in Sabah, Malaysia (North Borneo): A Century of Native Struggles over Land Rights, 1881-1996. University of Washington Press, Nature and Culture Series.

2005    Review of "In Search of the Rainforest," Candace Slater, ed. American Anthropologist, 10(7).

Forthcoming. "Controlling the Land: Property Rights and Power Struggles in Sabah, Malaysia 1881-1996" in Environmental Change in Native and Colonial Histories of Borneo: Lessons from the Past, Prospects for the Future, Reed Wadley, ed, Leiden: KTLV Press.

In preparation. "Resources, Ideologies, and Nationalism: The Politics of Development in Sabah, Malaysia." In Development Brokers and Translators, David Mosse and Davis Lewis, eds. Bloomfield, CT.: Kumarian Press.

In preparation. "Re-defining Native Customary Law: Struggles over Property Rights Between Native Peoples and Colonial Rulers in Sabah, Malaysia," in Dove, Sajise and Doolittle, eds. Re-interpreting Nature and Culture in Southeast Asia.

Dove, M., P. Sajise and A. Doolittle (eds.). 2005 .      Introduction: The Problem of Conserving Nature on Cultural Landscapes. In Nature in Culture: Case Studies from Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia Monograph Series, Volume 54, Yale University.

Dove, M. and A. Doolittle. In preparation. "Changing Ways of Thinking about the Relations between Society and Environment," in Re-interpreting Nature and Culture in Southeast Asia.