Mark Liechty

Professor of History and Anthropology

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 1994

Research Statement

Mark Liechty is a cultural anthropologist with a joint appointment in History and Anthropology.  He is a South Asianist whose research focuses on Nepali history and society.  His research and teaching interests include class theory and social organization, mass media, consumer culture, cultural history, social and cultural theory, tourism, youth culture, globalization, and South Asian history. Liechty is currently working on a cultural history of tourism in Nepal from 1950 to 1980.


(2017) Far Out: Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

(2012) The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing Through Ethnography. Santa Fe: SAR Press. Edited, with Rachel Heiman and Carla Freeman.

(2010) Out Here in Kathmandu: Modernity on the Global Periphery. Kathmandu: Martin Chautari Press.

(2010) The Key to an Oriental World: Boris Lissanevitch, Kathmandu's Royal Hotel, and the "Golden Age" of Tourism in Nepal. Studies in Nepali History and Society. 15(2):253-95.

(2007) Building the Road to Kathmandu: Notes on the History of Tourism in Nepal. Himalaya 25 [2005] (1-2): 19-28.

(2005) Carnal Economies: The Commodification of Food and Sex in Kathmandu. Cultural Anthropology 20(1):1-38.

(2003) Suitably Modern: Making Middle-Class Culture in a New Consumer Society. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

(1997) Selective Exclusion: Foreigners, Foreign Goods, and Foreignness in Modern Nepali History. Studies in Nepali History and Society 2(1):5-68.

(1996) Taking Liberties: Women's Freedom and Sexual Harassment in Kathmandu. Labour, Capital and Society 29(1-2):56-84.

(1996) Kathmandu as Translocality: Multiple Places in a Nepali Space. In Geography of Identity. Patricia Yaeger, ed. Pp. 98-130. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.


Great Cities Institute, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, fellow, 2010-11
School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe), Advanced Seminar participant, March-April, 2009
US Dept. of State (IIES) Fulbright Faculty Research Abroad Grant, 2007-08


Liechty is a founding co-editor of the Nepal Studies journal Studies in Nepali History and Society.

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Contact Information

Office: 3110-D BSB, MC 027
Phone: 312-413-3581
Fax: 312-413-3573