J. Stephen Lansing

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

About J. Stephen Lansing

Home page www.slansing.org

On Leave for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

Director, Complexity Center, School of Anthropology

Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Resilience Centre (http://www.stockholmresilience.org/)

External Professor, Santa Fe Institute (http://www.santafe.edu/)

Adjunct Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona



Selected Publications

Perfect Order: Recognizing Complexity in Bali. Princeton University Press, 2006. Julian Steward Award,2007.

Priests and Programmers: Technologies of Power in the Engineered Landscape of Bali. Princeton University Press, 1991. Revised 2nd edition 2007. J.I. Staley Prize, School for Advanced Research.

The Balinese. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1994. Video: Perfect Order: A Thousand Years in Bali. Download from http://www.wholeearthfilms.com/lansing_stephen.html#

 Lansing, J. Stephen, Siew Ann Cheong ,  Lock Yue Chew, Murray P. Cox, Moon-Ho Ringo Ho, Wayan Alit Arthawiguna. 2012. Alternate stable states in a socialecological system. Working Papers of the Santa Fe Institute.

Lansing, J. Stephen and Thérèse A. de Vet. 2012. The Functional Significance of Balinese Water Temples: A Reply to Critics. Human Ecology. Volume 40, Number 3 (2012), 453-467.

 Lansing, J. Stephen and James N. Kremer. 2011. Rice, Fish and the Planet. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, vol. 108 no. 50, 19841-19842

 Lansing, J. Stephen, Murray P. Cox, Therese A. de Vet, Sean S. Downey, Brian Hallmark and Herawati Sudoyo. 2011. An ongoing Austronesian expansion in Island Southeast Asia. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 30 (3): 262-272.

Lansing, J. Stephen and Murray P. Cox. 2011. The Domain of the Replicators: Cultural Evolution and the Neutral Theory. Current Anthropology, February 2011: Vol. 52, No. 1, pp. 105-125

Lansing, J. Stephen and Karyn Fox. 2011. Niche construction on Bali: the gods of the countryside. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 2011 366, 927-934.

Lansing, J. Stephen, Joseph C. Watkins, Brian Hallmark, Murray P. Cox, Tatiana M.Karafet, Herawati Sudoyo, Michael F. Hammer. 2008. Male dominance rarely skews the frequency distribution of Y chromosome haplotypes in human populations. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 105: 11645–11650.

Tatiana M. Karafet, Brian Hallmark, Murray P. Cox, Herawati Sudoyo, Sean Downey, J. Stephen Lansing and Michael F. Hammer, “Major East-West Division Underlies Y Chromosome Stratification Across Indonesia”, Molecular Biology and Evolution 27: 1833-1844.

Cox MP, Karafet TM, Lansing JS, Sudoyo H, Hammer MF (2010). Autosomal and X linked SNPs reveal a sharp transition from Asian to Melanesian ancestry in eastern Indonesia and a female-bias in admixture rates. Proc R Soc Lond B 277: 1589-1596.

Lansing, J. Stephen, Murray P. Cox, Sean S. Downey, Brandon M. Gabler, Brian Hallmark, Tatiana M. Karafet, Peter Norquest, John W. Schoenfelder, Herawati Sudoyo, Joseph C. Watkins, and Michael F. Hammer. 2007. Coevolution of languages and genes on the island of Sumba, eastern Indonesia. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 104 (41): 16022-16026.

Lansing, J. Stephen, Sean S. Downey, Marco Jannsen, John Schoenfelder. 2009. A Robust Budding Model of Balinese Water Temple Networks. World Archaeology ,Vol. 41(1): 112–133.

Lansing, J. Stephen, Joseph C. Watkins, Brian Hallmark, Murray P. Cox, Tatiana M. Karafet, Herawati Sudoyo, Michael F. Hammer. 2008. Male dominance rarely skews the frequency distribution of Y chromosome haplotypes in human populations. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 105: 11645–11650.

Sean S. Downey , Brian Hallmark, Murray P. Cox , Peter Norquest, and J. Stephen Lansing. Computational Feature-Sensitive Reconstruction of Language Relationships: Developing the ALINE Distance for Comparative Historical Linguistic Reconstruction. 2008. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics;Volume 15; Number 4; pp. 340–369.

Cox, Murray P., Alan J. Redd, Tatiana M. Karafet, Christine A. Ponder, J. Stephen Lansing, Herawati Sudoyo and Michael F. Hammer. 2007. A Polynesian motif on the Y chromosome: population structure in remote Oceania. Human Biology 79.5 (Oct 2007): 525(11).

Lansing, J. Stephen. Complexité et anthropologie. Nouvelles perspectives en sciences sociales, Volume 4, numéro 2, avril 2009, p. 47-52.
Lansing, J. Stephen. “Complex Adaptive Systems”, Annual Review of Anthropology 32: 183-204.

Lansing, J. Stephen. 2002. “‘Artificial Societies’ and the Social Sciences”, Santa Fe Institute Working Papers and Artificial Life 8 (Oct. 2002): 279-292.

 Lansing, J. Stephen. 2005. On Irrigation and the Balinese State. Current Anthropology 46 (2):305-6.

Lansing, J. Stephen and Robert L. Axtell. Afterword  to Nonlinear Models for Archaeology and Anthropology: Continuing the Revolution, edited by Christopher S. Beekman and William W. Baden. Ashgate Press, 2005: 139-146.


Lansing, J.S., A.J. Redd, T.M. Karafet, J. Watkins, I.W. Ardika, S.P.K. Surata, J.W. Schoenfelder, M. Campbell, A.M. Merriwether, and M.F. Hammer.  2006.  Reply [to: Indian traders in Ancient Bali: A Reconsideration of the Evidence]. Antiquity 80(307): online at http://www.antiquity.ac.uk/ProjGall/lansing/index.html#response.


Marion Guy S., Robert B. Dunbar , David A. Mucciarone ,James N. Kremer, J. Stephen Lansing , Alit Arthawiguna  2005. Coral skeletal d15N reveals isotopic traces of an agricultural revolution. Marine Pollution Bulletin 50 (2005) 931–944.


Lansing, J. Stephen  2004. “Blood is not the only social bond”, The Times Higher Education Supplement, Dec. 3, 2004.


Lansing, J.S., A.J. Redd, T.M. Karafet, J. Watkins, I.W. Ardika, S.P.K. Surata, J.W. Schoenfelder, M. Campbell, A.M. Merriwether, and M.F. Hammer. An Indian Trader in Ancient Bali? Antiquity 78:300 (2004): 287-293.


Lansing, J. Stephen.  2003. Comment  on  “The Precolonial Balinese State Reconsidered: A Critical Evaluation of Theory Construction on the Irrigation, the State, and Ritual” by Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin. Current Anthropology  Vol 44, No. 2, April 2003


Lansing, J. Stephen. 2003. “Complex Adaptive Systems”, Annual Review of Anthropology  32: 183-204.


Lansing, J. Stephen.  2003. “The Cognitive Machinery of Power: Reflections on Valeri’s Forest of Taboos”, American Ethnologist, August 2003


Lansing, J. Stephen.  2002. “‘Artificial Societies’ and the Social Sciences”,  Santa Fe Institute Working Papers and  Artificial Life 8 (Oct. 2002): 279-292.


Lansing, J. Stephen.  2002. “Irrigation Societies”, International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier Science Ltd., Oxford, 7910-7913


Lansing, J. Stephen, Vanda Gerhart, James N. Kremer , Patricia Kremer, Alit Arthawiguna, Suprapto, Ida Bagus Suryawan, I Gusti Arsana, Vernon L.Scarborough and  Kimberly Mikita. 2001.  “Volcanic Fertilization of Balinese Rice Paddies”, Ecological Economics 38 (2001):383-390.


Scarborough, Vernon L., John W. Schoenfelder, and J. Stephen Lansing Ancient Water Management and Landscape Transformation at Sebatu, Bali. 2000.  Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association 20: 79-92.


Vernon L. Scarborough, John W. Schoenfelder and J. Stephen Lansing. 2000.  “Early Statecraft on Bali: The Water Temple Complex and the Decentralization of the Political Economy”. Research in Economic Anthropology, Vol. 20: 299-330.


Lansing, J. Stephen. 1999. “Anti-Chaos, Common Property and the Emergence of Cooperation”, in Dynamics in Human and Primate Societies: Agent-Based Modelling of Social and Spatial Processes, ed. Timothy Kohler and George Gumerman, Santa Fe Institute and Oxford University Press: 207-224.


Lansing, J. Stephen. 1999.  “Foucault and the Water Temples: A reply to Helmreich”, Critique of Anthropology 20(3):337-46.


1999    J. Stephen Lansing and Therese A. deVet, “Head-hunting, chieftainship and alliance in southern Nias”, in Structuralism’s Transformations: Order and Revisions in Indonesian and Malay Societies, ed. Lorraine Aragon and Susan Russell. Tempe, AZ: Program for Southeast Asian Studies, Arizona State University, pp.69-91.


Courses Taught

At the University of Arizona Lansing created and regularly teaches two graduate

courses, Complexity and Social Theory and History of Anthropological Theoryas well

as two undergraduate lecture classes, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and

Ecological Anthropology.


 Chief adviser to the Government of Indonesian for the creation of a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape for the subaks and water temples of Bali


Research Interests

Ecology, complexity and social theory; indigenous systems of resource management, complex adaptive systems; sustainability science; Indonesian ethnography; ethnographic film; Indonesia