Stéphane Gros is a researcher at the Centre for Himalayan Studies, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S., France). A social anthropologist by training (PhD. Paris-Nanterre University, 2005), he has published a monograph entitled La Part Manquante (Société d’ethnologie, 2012) about the Drung (Dulong), a long-deprived minority of swidden agriculturalists of Yunnan province (China). This book engages with a broad array of theoretical and political debates and explores many themes that fall within the purview of a classical ethnographic enterprise: kinship, religion, mythology, exchange, domestic organization, and gender relations—particularly the seldom researched practice of facial tattooing among Drung women.
He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on issues of interethnic relations and ethnic classification, representations of ethnic minorities, poverty and categorization, as well as rituals and cosmology. He has edited or co-edited four collections of relevance to ethnographic theory, Chinese studies, and area studies. He has served as Managing Editor (2011-2014) for the launch of the open-access anthropology journal Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory.
For the last four years, he was the Principal Investigator for a European-Research-Council-funded project (Starting Grant No. 283870, 2012-2016) titled “Territories, Communities, and Exchanges in the Kham Sino-Tibetan Borderlands". In the framework of this project, the multidisciplinary team investigated topics such as trade, territoriality, cultural politics among others.
More recently, Stéphane Gros’ personal research investigates aspects of kinship and social organization, conversion to Christianity, as well as heritage politics and environmental discourses in this region.