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


Curriculum Vitae

Senior Research Associate.
Department of Anthropology 
Brandeis University
Waltham, Massachusetts 02254

Borneo Research Council
Phillips, Maine 04966

Birth: August 8, 1926; York, PA

Marital Status: married; three married daughters

Research Interests:

Social anthropology. Special areas within this discipline: cognatic social organization; social change and the processes of biosocial adaptation; processes of organizational adaptation; systems of property ownership; the family firm; religion and oral literature; the ethics of anthropological inquiry; human rights and development; cultural ecology; epistemological issues in social anthropological inquiry; medical anthropology.

Geographical Area: Southeast Asia, particularly Borneo


Institution Degree Year Conferred
Harvard College (cum laude in general studies) A.B. 1949
Graduate School of Business Administration,Harvard University M.B.A. 1952
Summer School of Linguistics, Georgetown
Harvard University (Department of
A.M. 1957
Institute of Advanced Studies
(Department of Anthropology & Sociology), Australian National University, Canberra
Ph.D. 1966


Senior Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University, 1979-

Collaborator, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, 1986-1987

Visiting Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University, 1980

Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University, 1968-1978

Visiting Senior Center Lecturer in Anthropology, Bowdoin College, Spring Semester, 1975; Spring Semester, 1976

Guest Professor, Ethnographic Institute, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark (under Fulbright-Hays Program), 1971-1972

Research Associate in Oceanic Ethnography, Peabody Museum, Harvard University, 1965-1969

Research Scholar, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Institute of Advanced Studies, The Australian National University, 1959-1964

United States Army Air Corps, 1945

Other Activities:

Consultant, Organizational Design and Social Change

Founder and President, Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research, 1999-

Founding Sponsor, Anthropologists' Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research, 1993-

President, Borneo Research Council, 1987-

Founder and Fellow, Borneo Research Council, 1968-

Co-founder, with Vinson H. Sutlive, Jr., Borneo Research Council Classic Series in Oral Literature, 1994-

Co-founder, with Vinson H. Sutlive, Jr., Borneo Research Council Monograph Series, 1990

Founding Sponsor, Borneo Research Council Medal of Excellence for the Advancement of Knowledge in the Social, Medical, and Biological Sciences in Borneo, 1990

Editor, Borneo Research Council Monograph Series, 1999-

Editor, Borneo Research Council Proceedings Series, 1999-

Member, International Advisory Board, The Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1998-

Director, Sabah Oral Literature Project, 1987-

Founder and Director, Social Transformation and Adaptation Research Institute, 1985-

Senior Editor, The Encyclopaedia of IbanStudies, Joanne and Vinson H. Sutlive, General Editor. Kuching: Tun Jugah Foundation and the Borneo Research Council.

Commission for Human Rights, American Anthropological Association, 1992-1994

Secretary-Treasurer, Association of Senior Anthropologists, 1994-1995

Co-ordinating Editor, Insular South-East Asia, Language Atlas Pacific Area (Part 2), edited by Stephen A. Wurm and Shiro Hattori. Australian Academy of the Humanities, Canberra, 1983

President (1966-1970) and Trustee (1964-2002), Fund for Astrophysical Research, Inc.

Member, International Editorial Advisory Board, Studies in Third World Societies, 1973-1999

President, Northeastern Anthropological Association, 1976-1977

Executive Committee, Northeastern Anthropological Association, 1975-1978

President, Maine Sociological Society, 1973-1974

Editor, Borneo Research Bulletin, 1969-1973


Patron's Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland awarded by its Patroness Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales, 1994.

Research Grants:

N.S.F. Grant GS-923: "The Rungus Religion and the Entailments of Change in the Belief System" 1965-1966

ACLS-SSRC Grant: "Translation and Analysis of Religious Texts Collected from the Rungus of Northern Borneo," 1968-1969

Inter-Foundation Exchange Lecturer, Inter-Country Exchange Program, United States Foundation in Norway, May 1972

Inter-Foundation Exchange Lecturer, Inter-Country Exchange Program, United Kingdom Educational Commission, January and February, 1972

Maine State Commission on the Arts and Humanities: "Social History of a Maine Community: Organization of Archives," 1971-1972

Evans Fund Grant on behalf of Borneo Research Council for publication of Borneo Research Bulletin, 1973

N.S.F. Grant BNS-79-15343: "Processes and Consequences of Social Change: The Bulusu' and Punan of Kalimantan Timur, 1980-1981

Ford Foundation Grant: "Anthropological Survey of the Bulungan Residency, East Kalimantan, and Field Work Among the Bulusu' of the Sekatak River System, 1981

Halcyon Fund: Research Among the Rungus of Sabah, Malaysia, Summer, 1986

Borneo Research Council and Halcyon Fund: Grants to duplicate field recordings and test procedures for the transcription and translation of Rungus oral literature, 1987

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. Grant: "The Oral Literature of the Rungus of Northern Borneo: Completing Its Recording, Transcription, and Translation, 1989.

Field Work in Borneo:

Field work among the Rungus of Sabah, Malaysia, 1959-1960; 1961-1963, Summer, 1986; Summer, 1990; Summer, 1992; Summer, 1994; Summer, 1996; Spring, 1999; Summer, 2002.

Field work among the Bulusu' Dayak and Punan of Kalimantan Timur (Indonesian Borneo), 1980-1981

Other Research:

Rungus Oral Literature and Language (working with visiting informants), Winter, 1987; Winter 1992; Winter 2003-2004

Ethnography of the Dilemmas and Ethical Conflicts in the Anthropology and Sociology Professions, 1969-1978 (part time)

Field work among the Dogrib Indians, Northwest Territories, Canada, Summer, 1957; Summer, 1977

Co-director, Project on the Social History of a Maine Community; Organization of Archives, 1971-1973 (part time)

Field work on the Structure and Organization of Role Behavior in Denmark, 1971-1972 (part time)

Membership in Professional Societies:

Fellow: American Anthropological Association; Society for Applied Anthropology, Royal Anthropological Institute; Borneo Research Council; Association for Asian Studies

Member: Association of Social Anthropologists of the Commonwealth; American Association for the Advancement of Science.