Fred Myers joined NYU as an Assistant Professor in 1982. He has served as chair of the Department of Anthropology for the last 12 years and has served as director of the Morse Academic Plan, the innovative general education program in the College of Arts and Science. In addition, he is known to be an inspiring teacher in all settings, from undergraduate survey courses to specialized graduate seminars. His research focuses on hunters and gatherers, and kinship relations, and he has contributed significantly to his field with multiple books, articles, and extensive field work. His most recent books are The Empire of Things: Regimes of Value and Material Culture and Painting Culture: The Making of an Aboriginal High Art. He was elected president of the American Ethnological Society and has received fellowships from, among others, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton. Professor Myers received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College, and his B.A. from Amherst College.