I am interested in the development of American anthropology in the 19th century and its theories of social development, stages of civilization, and racial formation. In addition to the intellectual history of these concepts, my research addresses the material and social contexts in which these theories were developed—the disparate environments in which anthropological fieldwork was conducted, the centers of industrialization where anthropologists typically hung their hats, and the economic, imperial, legal, and social networks that linked "tribes" to "civilization."
More broadly, I am fascinated by the production of grand historical narratives of the human race in the 19th century. Like many of the human scientists of the 19th century, I too am interested in the unfolding of world-historical phenomena from the deep past to the present day, and the strategies of researching and teaching world, global, or "big" history.
Johnson, Adam Fulton (2011). Introduction to Inertia--Thinking Hard about at Difficult Concept. Thresholds, 39, 5-7.