Hau Books is the book-publishing wing of the Society for Ethnographic Theory (SET), an international learned society devoted to sociocultural anthropology. SET also publishes the quarterly Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, founded in 2012 by Giovanni da Col. After the meteoric success of the journal, da Col created Hau Books in 2015 to provide an avenue for outstanding ethnographic monographs and edited collections. In 2018, SET set up a partnership with The University of Chicago Press for publishing both Hau Journal and Hau Books. Convinced that traditional publishers have been neglecting works by anthropologists writing outside the Anglophone world, Hau Books has published a larger proportion of its titles in translation than any other publisher in anthropology and will soon be bringing out works translated from even more languages.


SET Board of Directors

Kriti Kapila, King’s College London (Board Chair)
John Borneman, Princeton University
Carlos Londoño Sulkin, University of Regina
Anne-Christine Taylor, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris


Editorial Collective of Hau Books

Hylton White, University of the Witwatersrand
Catherine V. Howard, Social Research Translating Services
Vita Peacock, King’s College London


Editorial Staff

Nanette Norris, Managing Editor
Jane Sabherwal, Editorial Officer
Enrique Martino, Digital Editor
Caroline Jeannerat, Copy Editor


Scientific Advisory Board for Hau Books and Hau Journal


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Open Access Policy

Creative Commons License

Besides publishing its titles in paperback and e-book formats, Hau Books offers all of its works as open access whenever possible. To do so, it registers its books under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licenses (CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND). Some reprinted or translated works may not be not available as open access due to limitations of pre-existing copyrights and permissions from the original publishers.