Jack McIver Weatherford is the former DeWitt Wallace Professor of anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota. He is best known for his 2004 book, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. In 2006, he was awarded the Order of the Polar Star, Mongolia’s highest national honor for foreigners.
His books in the late 20th century on the influence of Native American cultures have been translated into numerous languages. In addition to publishing chapters and reviews in academic books and journals, Weatherford has published numerous articles in national newspapers to popularize his historic and anthropological coverage of Native American cultures, as well as the American political culture in Congress in the 20th century. He has become a frequent commentator on TV and radio.
Weatherford was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Anna Ruth Grooms and Alfred Greg Weatherford, as the oldest of seven children. Their father was a sergeant in the United States Army, which caused the family to move often. Now, Weatherford lives in Mongolia and Charleston, South Carolina. One of the professor Weatherford's distant ancestors is William Weatherford, a Creek leader of mixed race in the nineteenth century.
He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1967, with a B.A in Political Science. In 1972, he received an M.A. in Sociology from the University of South Carolina, and an M.A in Anthropology in 1973. In 1977, he received his Ph. D in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. He earned a post-doctoral degree in Policy Studies from Duke University, Institute of Policy Sciences.
He became a professor of anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota. He has written extensively on indigenous cultures in North American and in other countries. His books include Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World (1988), which was translated into numerous languages; Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America (1991), and Savages and Civilization: Who Will Survive? (1994) on the contemporary clash of world cultures. Weatherford's early books on Native Americans won the Minnesota Book Award in 1989 and in 1992. He also received the 1992 Anthropology in the Media Award from the American Anthropological Association, and the 1994 Mass Media Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
He became more widely known for his book, The History of Money (1997), which was chosen as a selection of the Conservative Book of the Month Club. In addition, Weatherford's articles about the anthropology of 20th-century American politics and analysis of its clans, have led to his being invited as a commentator on radio and television programs, including The Today Show, ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings, Geraldo's Now It Can Be Told, Larry King, All Things Considered, Nightwatch, Tony Brown's Journal, and the Voice of America. He has appeared in international programs from Bolivia to Mongolia.
Since the late twentieth century, Weatherford has studied and published on the cultures and history of Mongolia. His work has been recognized by the government: in 2006, he was awarded the Order of the Polar Star, Mongolia’s highest national honor. In addition, Weatherford was awarded the honorary order by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and the medal of the President of Mongolia in 2010.
Weatherford has worked with contemporary groups in places such as Bolivia and the Amazon. He has also worked with historical analysis such as the impact of the American Indians on world history. In recent years, he has concentrated on the Mongols by looking at their impact since the time that Genghis Khan united the Mongol tribes in 1206.
- 2016 Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World's Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom : Viking, 2016. ISBN 978-0735221154
- 2010 The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire : Crown<, 2010. ISBN 978-0307407153
- 2004 Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World New York: Crown Publishers
- 1997 The History of Money. New York: Crown Publishers. It has been translated into German, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese and Portuguese.
- 1994 Savages and Civilization: Who Will Survive? New York: Crown Publishers. .
- 1991 Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America. New York: Crown Publishers.
- 1988 Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World New York. This was translated into Italian, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
- 1987 Narcoticos en Bolivia y los Estados Unidos. La Paz, Bolivia: Los Amigos del Libro.
- 1986 Porn Row. New York: Arbor House.
- 1981 Tribes on the Hill. New York: Rawson-Wade (Scribners).
Articles and chapters
- 2010, "The Wrestler Princess", Lapham's Quarterly
- 2006, "Restoring Order: Conquering Iraq in the 13th and 21st Centuries. Could Genghis Khan teach the US?" , The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, January 7, 2006. The Los Angeles Times, December 29, 2006.
- 2005 "The Women Who Ruled the Mongol Empire", Globalist Document - Global History, June 20, 2005
- 2000 "Peniaze a pad Rmmskej rm?e," OS: Fsrum Ob ianskej Spolo nosti, Bratislava, Slovakia, June.
- 2000 "A Scholarly Quest to Understand Genghis Khan," The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 14, p.B10. Also serialized in The Mongol Messenger, April - 26 May 3, 2000.
- 2000 "Blood on the Steppes: Ethnicity, Power, and Conflict in Central Asia," Conformity and Conflict, James P. Spradley & David W. McCurdy (ed.), Boston: Little, Brown.
- 1998 "Our Money, Our Selves," Anthropology Newsletter, April.
- 1997 "Money and Change in World Perspective," General Anthropology, III-2, Spring.
- 1996 "Impact of American Indian Civilizations on Europe and the World," The Encyclopedia of the American Indian, Frederick E. Hoxie (ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
- 1994 "Cultural Chaos and the Crisis of Civilization," Anthropology Newsletter, October.
- 1994 "Kinship and Power on Capitol Hill," Conformity and Conflict, James P. Spradley & David W. McCurdy (editors), Boston: Little, Brown & Co.
- 1994 "Producing a Trade Book," Media Anthropology: Informing Global Citizens, Susan L. Allen (editor). Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey.
- 1993 "Cultural Castaways," Icarus, Summer, 11.
- 1993 "Tribal Politics in Washington," Political and Legal Anthropology Review. Vol 16, # 1.
- 1992 "Wie die Indianer die Welt verdnderten," Entwicklung, Nr. 37, July.
- 1991 "Indian Season in American Schools," The Social Studies.
- 1987 "Cocaine and the economic deterioration of Bolivia," Conformity and Conflict, James P. Spradley & David W. McCurdy (editors), Boston: Little, Brown & Co.
- 1987 "Big Men on Capitol Hill," Conformity and Conflict, James P. Spradley & David W. McCurdy (editors), Boston: Little, Brown & Co.
- 1987 "Language in Political Anthropology," Power and Discourse, Leah Kedar (editor), Norwood, New Jersey: Ablex Publishers.
- 1987 "Tribes on the Hill: Kinship and Politics in the United States Congress," Cultural Anthropology, Serena Nanda, ed., Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing.
- 1986 "Die Zerr|ttung Boliviens durch Kokain," Freibeuter 28.
- 1986 "The Clans on Capitol Hill," Contemporary Cultural Anthropology, Michael D. Howard, Boston: Little, Brown & Co.
- 1982 "Kongresskultur," Freibeuter, 12. Berlin, Germany.
- 1981 "Labor and domestic life cycles in a German community," Dimensions of an Anthropology of Aging, Christine L. Fry (editor), South Hadley, Mass: Bergin & Garvey.
- 1980 "Life Cycle and the American Family," 'Public Policy and the American Family, Z.I. Giraldo. Massachusetts: Lexington Books (D.C. Heath & Co.).
- 1980 "Age ethnicity in the American Family," with Carol Stack in Families and Older Persons, George L. Maddox, Illene C. Seigler & Dan Blazer (editors). Duke University: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development.
- 1980 "Millennium of Modernization," Village Viability in Contemporary Society, P.C. Reining & Barbara Lenkerd (editors). AAAS Volume 31, Boulder, Colorado: Westview.
- 1978 "Deutsche Kultur, amerikanish betrachtet," Deutschland: Das Kind mit zwei Kvpfen, Hans C. Buch (editor), Berlin: Klaus Wagenbach Verlag. Reprint: Wahre Wohnung - Ware Wohnung, Bauvk-Papiere # 40, Institut f|r Bauvkonomie, Univ. Stuttgart, 1982.
- 1975 "Anthropology and Nannies," Man: Royal Anthropological Society. Vol 10. No. 2, June.
- 1998 New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America By Colin G. Calloway. The William and Mary Quarterly.
- 1997 Hamilton's Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt by John Steele Gordon. Civilization, February 1997.
- 1996 O Brave new Words! Native American Loanwords in Current English, by Charles L. Cutler. Plains Anthropologist, May.
- 1992 In the Spirit of the Earth: Rethinking History and Time by Calvin Martin Luther. Hungry Mind Review, Winter.
- 1991 Culture and Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis, by Renato Rosaldo. Native American Quarterly.
- 1991 District Leaders by Rachel Sady. American Anthropologist, Vol 93, #3, September.
- 1989 The Hold Life Has: Coca and Cultural Identity in an Andean Community by Catherine Allen. Anthropological Quarterly.
- 1989 Cocaine: White Gold Rush in Peru by Edmundo Morales. Anthropologica 31:1.
- 1986 "Political birds of Guatemala," Hungry Mind Review, I.
Newspapers, magazines, and other publications
- 1999 "Mongolerna ? svker sin plats i vdrldsekonomin," Dolly, April.
- 1999 "The Mongols from the Silk Route to Cyberspace," Udriin Sonin. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 4.
- 1998 "Cash in a Cul-De-Sac," Discover. October, 19, 10.
- 1998 "Euron redan gammalmodig ndr pengarna blir digitala,". (The Euro will already be out dated when cash goes digital.) Stockholm, Sweden: Dolly. August I, 1.
- 1998 "Let Common Cents Prevail on Wall Street," The Wall Street Journal, March 26.
- 1998 "Money Talks. Here's What It Says About Us," Washington Post. January 4.
- 1997 "How Rome built a new ballpark," Star Tribune. Feb 9. "The Plastic curtain," The Washington Post, Feb 18. "Dump Bronze Age bucks for electronic money,: USA Today, April 24.
- 1994 "Tribal people could teach us civilization," St. Paul Pioneer Press. Mar 17.
- 1994 "US policy on rights hypocritical," Boston Herald, Feb 15.
- 1994 "Captain Cook's Legacy," Los Angeles Times, January 18.
- 1994 "What a year for the Natives," Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 21.
- 1992 "The Grand Exchange Map," (Senior Consultant), National Geographic, February.
- 1992 "Among the Gifts of Native America," Native Peoples, Fall.
- 1992 "A Veterans Day salute to dreams deferred," San Francisco Examiner, November 9.
- 1992 "Religious Freedom still eludes Native Americans," Star Tribune, Feb 20.
- 1991 "Preserving our nation's past to protect its future," The Miami Herald, Sunday April 14.
- 1990 "Image and Idea in Nonfiction," A View from the Loft, Vol 13, #2. September.
- 1989 "Thanksgiving Menu Subject to Change," Detroit News, November 23, 1989.
- 1989 "Honoring Columbus honors legacy of slave-trading, genocide," St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch, Oct. 10
- 1989 "The real drug war is in the U.S.," Atlanta Constitution, Sept. 27.
- 1989 "Indians and the 4th." The Evening Sun, Baltimore, July 4.
- 1988 "The World Owes a Debt to the Indian Givers," Detroit News, Nov. 24. Also published as "American Indians were the World's Greatest Farmers," In Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 24, 1988.
- 1981 "Capitol Hill Clans," The New York Times, Sunday, December 13.
- 1981 "Playing tribal politics in Congress," Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado. Dec 6.