Nicholas Thomas

Nicholas Jeremy Thomas FBA (born 21 April 1960) is an Australian anthropologist, Professor of Historical Anthropology, and Director, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, since 2006; Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, since 2007. He was elected to the British Academy in 2005.

He was awarded the 2010 Wolfson History Prize for his book Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire.

Selected publications

  • Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire (2012) ISBN 978-0300180565
  • Rauru: Tene Waitere, Maori Carving, Colonial History (2008), with Mark Adams
  • Hiapo: Past and present in Niuean barkcloth (2005), with John Pule, ISBN 1 877372 00 5
  • Discoveries: the Voyages of Captain James Cook (2003)
  • Possessions: Indigenous Art/Colonial Culture (1999)
  • Oceanic Art (World of Art) (1995), ISBN 978-0500202814
  • Entangled Objects (1991)


  • ‘THOMAS, Prof. Nicholas Jeremy’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 5 March 2013
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