Before retiring in 2016, Hal Levine was Senior Lecturer in Social and Cultural Studies at Victoria University (Wellington, New Zealand).
He received his Ph.D from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook in 1976, which was based on fieldwork he carried out on urban ethnicity in Papua New Guinea. His subsequent research projects include studies of the fishing community of Stewart Island, Maori claims to fishing resources before the Waitangi Tribunal, Tieke marae Whanganui River, Samoan chiefly practices in New Zealand and Jewish identity in New Zealand.
Hal has published papers and monographs dealing with; debates about the meaning of ethnicity, contemporary Maori iwi, Samoan chiefs overseas, fisheries management on a local level, and the implications of surrogate motherhood for the anthropological study of kinship.
He has taught a wide variety of introductory and advanced papers in anthropology.