Martha Mundy is a professor emerita of anthropology at the London School of Economics.
Martha Mundy is a professor emerita of anthropology at the London School of Economics (LSE). She began her research career in northern Yemen (1973-77), then taught in Jordan, Lebanon, France, the United States, and the United Kingdom. In 2011-12, she returned to Yemen to work with agronomists on agrarian transformation. Since the start of the war in 2015, she has examined the impact of policy and war on Yemen’s rural society and food systems, including authoring the report “The Strategies of the Coalition in the Yemen War” (World Peace Foundation, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 2018).
Prof. Mundy is a specialist in the anthropology of the Arab World whose research has concerned anthropology of law and the state, the comparative sociology of agrarian systems, and the anthropology of kinship and family. Her first major fieldwork was conducted from 1973-77 in North Yemen. Before joining the LSE in 1996 she taught at UCLA, Lyon 2 Lumière University, the American University of Beirut, and Yarmouk University in Jordan.
During her ten years in Jordan (1982-92) she began a project of historical anthropology examining the transformation of political and economic relations in late Ottoman Southern Syria, present north Jordan. This combined work on law, on the state, and on village society and involved archival work in Istanbul and Damascus as well as research into oral history and administrative records in Jordan. Since her retirement in 2012, she has continued work on agrarian history and the contemporary crisis of agriculture in the Arab East.