Text Box: Michael Jindra University of Notre Dame, Research Scholar, Center for Social Concerns

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Text Box: Research presentation at Harvard University on March 3, 2017 (Noon)
Venue: Workshop of Culture, History and Society.

Forthcoming book will expand on the article:

The Dilemma of Equality and Diversity (Current Anthropology, Vol. 55 no. 3)

Click here for a PDF of the article.   Comments on the article and ongoing research:

“This is a welcome, eye-opening contribution and a pleasure to read. The essay addresses a deep and significant issue by means of a skillfully conducted, humane and balanced review of many literatures.”  Richard Shweder, University of Chicago.

“Michael Jindra, an anthropologist at the University of Notre Dame who is doing some of the most creative research on inequality today…” --Christine Rosen in “Lifestyles of the Not Rich and Unequal

This article examines the conflict between diversity and equality around the world and in the US. Look here for supplementary graphics or other information.

Press releases:       University of Chicago Press        University of Notre Dame


“Poverty and Nonprofits” research project

This research, with Ines W. Jindra, focuses on how antipoverty nonprofits work with the poor.  This research has been ongoing since 2010, and involves over one dozen nonprofits, most involved in “developmental relationships.”  Nationwide, many nonprofits are shifting to this model, an important but controversial development in the war on poverty.

Publications are forthcoming, and will also include a book on how nonprofits use “developmental relationships” to help people get out of poverty or to attain more life stability.

New article in August 2016, on how “Bridges Out of Poverty” works with the poor. Click here


In the Media:

See our article on the Stanford Social Innovation Review website

See Christian Science Monitor article on international antipoverty project









Trained as a cultural anthropologist, I have also published and taught extensively in sociology. 


I have long been fascinated with why people and groups get involved in particular activities, and thus have written on topics such as Star Trek fans, death celebrations in Africa, and video gaming. In current research, I focus on different subcultures and subgroups, including those that are countercultural. I address some of the implications for issues of economic equality.


Nonprofits provide a fascinating insight into this diversity, since they deal with it every day in their efforts against inequality.