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1Name:  Dame Anne Salmond
 Institution:  University of Auckland
 Year Elected:  2015
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Subdivision:  407. Philosophy
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1945
Anne Salmond is New Zealand’s most eminent scholar in social anthropology, ethnohistory, and Maori studies. Her research draws on structural linguistics, semantic anthropology, long-term ethnographic fieldwork at Maori ceremonial gatherings, and documentary and oral historical techniques, all used to establish key principles that have structured Maori and other Pacific peoples’ economics, social organization, rituals, and maintenance of group identity over the long course of encounters with European explorers and settlers in their cultural worlds. A public intellectual in the best sense of that term, Salmond is one of a small number of social scientists whose work can be truly said to have shaped thinking about the structure and nature of social and cultural relationships in New Zealand and the wider Pacific. Out of her studies of Maori and Pacific philosophies and ways of living engaged by European Enlightenment science and philosophies, and their Pacific legacies, she has awakened interest in new ways of resolving how cutting edge science can address environmental issues and issues of ecological restoration. Her latest work is Tears of Rangi: Exeriments Across Worlds (2017).
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