Robert Canfield holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan and is Professor Emeritus of Sociocultural Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. His B.A was in Psychology from the University of Tulsa and his M.A. was in Linguistics from the University of Michigan.
Canfield was a teacher of English in a number of positions, including Habibia College (Ministry of Education), Kabul, Afghanistan from 1954-1960, before taking up a position in anthropology in Washington University from 1969 through to 1986. He has written and co-edited a number of books, monographs, articles and chapters.