Kirk Endicott

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Although I no longer teach or do fieldwork, I continue to read and write about hunter-gatherers and the indigenous minorities of Peninsular Malaysia (Orang Asli), often in collaboration with our former graduate students, Vivek Venkataraman and Thomas Kraft. Currently my main priority is to prepare my fieldnotes, photos, artifacts, and audio and video recordings of my research with the Batek hunter-gatherers for deposit in the Orang Asli Archive at the Mason Library at Keene State College, the only such archive in the United States. As a member of the archive Advisory Committee, I work with colleagues around the world to build the collection and organize webinars on Orang Asli topics.


Silsby Hall 401B
HB 6047


  • D.Phil. University of Oxford, 1976
  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 1974
  • B.Litt. University of Oxford, 1969
  • Diploma. University of Oxford, 1966
  • B.A. Reed College, 1965

Selected Publications

  • Endicott, Kirk. "Peaceful sociality: The causes of nonviolence among the Orang Asli of Malaysia." In Jon Henrik Ziegeler Remme and Kenneth Sillander, eds., Human Nature and Social Life. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 97-109. 2017.

  • Venkataram, Vivek V., Thomas Kraft, Nathaniel J. Dominy, and Kirk M. Endicott. "Hunter-gatherer residential mobility and the marginal value of rainforest patches." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 114, No. 12, pp. 3097-3102. 2017.

  • Endicott, Kirk, ed., Malaysia's "Original People": Past, Present and Future of the Orang Asli. Singapore National University Press, 2016.

  • Endicott, Kirk. "Introduction." In K. Endicott, ed., Malaysia's "Original People": Past, Present and Future of the Orang Asli. National University of Singapore Press, Singapore, pp. 1-38. 2016.

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