Michael D. Jackson came to Harvard in 2005, with ethnographic experience in Sierra Leone and Aboriginal Australia. His work has been strongly influenced by critical theory, American pragmatism, and existential-phenomenological thought. Through a direct engagement with the everyday situations and struggles that characterize human life in any society, irrespective of its specific historical and cultural conditions, the ethnographic method of participant-observation promises not only an extended and deeper understanding of ourselves in relation to others and otherness; it may provide new insights into the limits and possibilities of both comparative analysis and viable coexistence in a multiplex world. He is the author of numerous books of anthropology, including the prize-winning Paths Toward a Clearing and At Home in the World, and has also published three novels, a memoir, and seven volumes of poetry. His most recent books are Being of Two Minds (2012), Road Markings: An Anthropologist in the Antipodes (2012), Between One and One Another (2012), Lifeworlds: Essays in Existential Anthropology (2013), The Other Shore: Essays on Writers and Writing (2013), and The Wherewithal of Life: Ethics, Migration and the Question of Well-Being (2013).