Jean Lave

Professor (Education and Geography)

Current Research

Jean Lave is a social anthropologist with a strong interest in social theory. Much of her ethnographically-based research concentrates on the re-conceiving of learning, learners, and everyday life in terms of social practice. She has published three books on the subject: Understanding Practice (co-authored with S. Chaiklin, 1993); Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation (with E. Wenger, 1991); and Cognition in Practice (1988). More recently her work has taken a historical turn with a collaborative, ethnohistorical research project, Producing Families, Trading in History on the British merchant families engaged in the port wine trade in Portugal — (History in Person: Enduring Struggles, Contentious Practice, Intimate Identities 2000, edited with Dorothy Holland). She is currently finishing a book on apprenticeship in Liberia and changing research practice and continues to write about social practice theory.


Ph.D., Social Anthropology, Harvard University, 1968

How to Reach Me

Office: 5639 Tolman Hall
Telephone: (510) 643-9824