Faculty

Professor

Anne Allison

Anne Allison

Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Office: 230 Friedl Building, East Campus, Durham, NC 27708-0091

Campus Box: Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0091

Phone: (919) 681-6257

anne.allison@duke.edu

Anne Allison is a cultural anthropologist who researches the intersection between political economy, everyday life, and the imagination in the context of late capitalist, post-industrial Japan. Her work spans the subjects of sexuality, pornography, and maternal labor to the globalization of...

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Diane Michele Nelson

Diane Michele Nelson

Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Office: 201D Friedl Building, East Campus, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0091

Phone: (919) 684-2069

dmnelson@duke.edu

I began fieldwork in Guatemala in 1985 exploring the impact of civil war on highland indigenous communities with a focus on the more than 100,000 people made into refugees and 200,000 people murdered in what the United Nations has called genocidal violence. Since then my research has sought to...

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Charles D. Piot

Charles D. Piot

Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Office: 205 Ernestine Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90091, Department Of Cultural Anthropology, Durham, NC 27708-0091

Phone: (919) 681-3264

charles.piot@duke.edu

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...

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Irene Silverblatt

Irene Silverblatt

Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Office: 500 W 111th St, Apt 2B, New York, NY 10025

Campus Box: Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0091

Phone: (919) 641-0319

irene.silverblatt@duke.edu

Irene Silverblatt researches the cultural dimensions of power. She studies how “race-thinking” and gender relations were integral to the making of the modern world as well as how historical memory has shaped feelings of national belonging and demands for universal rights. These interests are...

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Orin Starn

Orin Starn

Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Office: 205 Friedl, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0091

Phone: (919) 684-3221

ostarn@duke.edu

Orin Starn is Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History. He has wide-ranging interests including Latin America, Native North America, social movements and indigenous politics, the history of anthropology, activist anthropology, and, more recently, sports and society. His newest book, "The...

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Charles Thompson

Charles Thompson

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Cultural Anthropology

Office: 1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705

Campus Box: Box 90802, Durham, NC 27708-0802

Phone: (919) 660-3657

cdthomps@duke.edu

My research is centered on critical food studies at the nexus where food justice and immigration meet, with particular linkages to Latin America and the U.S. South.  I am a filmmaker, photographer, oral historian, and writer.   My projects (both completed and current) address such topics as...

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Associate Professor

Ralph A. Litzinger

Ralph A. Litzinger

Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Office: 208 Friedl Building, Department Of Cultural Anthropology, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0091

Phone: (919) 681-6250

rlitz@duke.edu

Ralph Litzinger is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. His early research focused on the culture and politics of ethnicity, nationalism, and post-socialism in China. He has published on Marxist nationality theory in China, on ethnic politics in the post-Cold War...

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Anne-Maria B. Makhulu

Anne-Maria B. Makhulu

Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology

Office: 205 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0091

Phone: (919) 668-5251

Office Hours: Fall 2018 Office Hours: Thursday 2:00PM – 4:00PM or by appointmentLocation: Friedl Building (East Campus), Room 201E

amakhulu@duke.edu

Anne-Maria Makhulu is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies and Core Faculty in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Duke University. Her research interests cover: Africa and more specifically South Africa,...

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Louise Meintjes

Louise Meintjes

Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Office: 072 Mary Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708-0665

Phone: (919) 660-3339

meintjes@duke.edu

Rebecca L. Stein

Rebecca L. Stein

Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Office: 205 Friedl Building, 1316 Campus Drive Duke Box 900, Durham, NC 27710

Campus Box: Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0091

Phone: (919) 684-4663

rlstein@duke.edu

My research studies linkages between cultural and political processes in Israel in relation to its military occupation and the history of Palestinian dispossession. I am the author of (with Adi Kuntsman) Digital Militarism: Israel's...

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Lecturer

Robin Kirk

Robin Kirk

Lecturer in the Department of Cultural Anthropology

Office: 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Smith Warehouse B183, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90403, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 641-0635

rights@duke.edu

Kirk is the Faculty Co-Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and is a founding member of the Pauli Murray Project, an initiative of the center that seeks to use the legacy of this Durham daughter to examine the region’s past of slavery, segregation and...

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Affiliated Faculty

Walter Mignolo

Walter Mignolo

Professor

Office: 125B Friedl Building, Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0413

Phone: (919) 668-1949

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment (between 1pm and 3 pm) 

walter1654@gmail.com

CV:https://goo.gl/whzVeE

Mignolo’s research and teaching have been devoted, in the past 30 years, to understanding and unraveling the historical foundation of the modern/colonial world system and imaginary since 1500. In his research, modern/colonial...

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Ara Wilson

Ara Wilson

Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

Office: 117 East Duke Bldg., 90760, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 684-9179

Office Hours: Generally by appointment; I also try to respond promptly to work emails during the semester.

ara.wilson@duke.edu

My work makes analytical and empirical contributions to the feminist study of globalization and to what I call queer political economy (QPE). Combining Science & Technology Studies (STS) approaches with materialist theories, I remain invested in empirical esearch, particularly...

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Visiting Faculty

Margaret Riley

Margaret Riley

Visiting Scholar

mriley@duke.edu