Charles D. Piot

Charles D. Piot

Professor of Cultural Anthropology

External address: 
205 Ernestine Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90091, Department Of Cultural Anthropology, Durham, NC 27708-0091
(919) 681-3264


Charlie Piot, Ph.D. University of Virginia 1986, Chair and Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies, does research on the political economy and history of rural West Africa. His first book, Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa (1999), attempted to retheorize a classic out-of-the-way place as within the modern and the global. His recent book, Nostalgia for the Future: West Africa after the Cold War (2010), explores shifts in Togolese political culture during the 1990s, a time when the NGOs and charismatic churches take over the biopolitical, reorganizing social and political life in the absence of the state.  His current project is on Togolese who apply for and attempt to game the US Diversity Visa Lottery. 

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia 1986

  • M.A., University of Virginia 1982

  • B.A., Princeton University 1973

ALLISON, A, and PIOT, C. "EDITORS’ INTRODUCTION." Cultural Anthropology 26.2 (May 2011): 157-157. Full Text

ALLISON, A, and PIOT, C. "NEW EDITORS’ GREETING." Cultural Anthropology 26.1 (February 2011): 1-5. Full Text

Piot, C. "The 'Right' To Be Trafficked." Indiana Journal of Global Studies 18.1 (2010): 1-12. (Academic Article)

Piot, C. "KC's World." Transforming Anthropology 15.2 (2007): 158-166. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Piot, C, Geschiere, P, and Goheen, M. "Introduction: Marginal Gains Revisited." African Studies Review, Special Issue on Jane Guyer's Marginal Gains: Monetary Transactions in Atlantic Africa 50.2 (2007): 37-41. (Academic Article)

Piot, C. "Jeux de frontières : La Loterie des Cartes Vertes au Togo." Politique Africaine 101 (2006): 171-80. (Academic Article)

Piot, C. "Asylum and Culture: Comments on Khanna and Noll." Texas International Law Journal 41.3 (2006): 503-506. (Academic Article)

Piot, C. "An African Postcolony in the Age of Empire." Antropologi [Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society] 29.1 (2004): 20-27. (Academic Article)

Piot, C. "Heat on the Street: Video Violence in American Teen Culture." Journal of Postcolonial Studies 6.3 (2003): 351-365. (Academic Article)

Piot, C. "Des cosmopolites dans la brousse." Les Temps Modernes 57.620-21 (2002): 240-260. (Academic Article)