Meet Eric

Eric Silverman

Eric Silverman

Senior Scholar

Eric is a cultural anthropologist, a prolific author, and a former professor and leader in higher education where he worked for over two decades prior to joining McAllister Olivarius as a Senior Scholar.

His academic scholarship focused on a Sepik River society in Papua New Guinea – the Iatmul people made famous by Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson – and the American and global Jewish communities.  In his many newspaper and public writings, Eric advocates for social justice, especially regarding gender, globalization, and diversity.  As a tenured professor, he taught courses on race, gender, religion, masculinity and fatherhood, globalization, art, American culture, and indigenous peoples.  He has also served as an elected official, including on his local school board.

Eric received a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, and his MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota.  He was tenured at DePauw University, serving as the Edward Myers Dolan Professor of Anthropology, before moving to Wheelock College, eventually as Full Professor and Research Professor.  Currently, Eric is a Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.

Eric has published four books, most recently, A Cultural History of Jewish Dress (2013) and Mortuary Dialogues: Death Ritual and the Reproduction of Moral Community in Pacific Modernities (with D. Lipset, 2016).  He has also published many book chapters, journal articles, and delivered scores of conference and museum presentations in the US, Australia, and Europe.

A day in the life

  • Assists the legal teams with cases involving higher education
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of The Rhodes Project, a long-term study of Rhodes Scholars
  • Assists the Senior Partner with writing, research, and book projects
  • Liaises on behalf of the firm with the scholarly community outside the legal field