J. Lorand Matory
  • J. Lorand Matory

  • Lawrence Richardson Professor
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • 201C Friedl Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Phone: (919) 684-9923
  • Office Hours: Mon., 3-5 p.m.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Description

    J. Lorand Matory is the Director of the Center for African and African American Research and Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He conducts field research in Brazil, Nigeria, Benin Republic, Cuba, Trinidad, Jamaica and the US. Choice magazine named his Sex and the Empire That Is No More: Gender and the Politics of Metaphor in Oyo Yoruba Religion an Outstanding Book of the Year in 1994, and his Black Atlantic Religion: Tradition, Transnationalism and Matriarchy in the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé received the Herskovits Prize for the best book of 2005 from the African Studies Association. His forthcoming research on ethnic diversity at historically black Howard University was the subject of the 2008 Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures and will be published in fall 2015 by the University of Chicago Press as Stigma and Culture: Last-Place Anxiety in Black America. In 2013, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded him the Alexander von Humboldt Prize, a lifetime achievement award that is one of Europe's highest academic distinctions.
  • Recent Publications

      • JL Matory.
      • (2016).
      • Watering the Flowers While Black.
      • News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
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      • JL Matory.
      • (2015).
      • In-Depth Review--The Formation of Candomble: Vodun History and Ritual in Brazil, by Luis Nicolau Pares.
      • The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History
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      Publication Description

      Critical review of Pares's The Formation of Candomble. The ongoing interaction between African and African-diaspora populations explains much that is neglected in models of cultural "memory" and "forgetting."

      • JL Matory.
      • (June 3, 2015).
      • Hurt People Hurt People.
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      • Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology.
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      Publication Description

      Why I signed the petition for the American Anthropological Association to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

      • JL Matory.
      • (2015).
      • Stureplan People: Region, Race and Class in Today’s Sweden.
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      • Indiana University Press.
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      • J.L. Matory.
      • (2015).
      • Book Review of Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust: African in Comparison, written by Peter Geschiere.
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      Publication Description

      Review of a book by eminent Africanist anthropologist Peter Geschiere

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  • Specialties

    • Anthropology & History
    • Africa
    • African Diaspora
    • Transnationalism
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • University of Chicago,
      • 1991
      • M.A.,
      • University of Chicago,
      • 1986
      • B.A.,
      • Harvard University,
      • 1982
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • James Marsh Professorship-at-Large,
      • University of Vermont,
      • 2013-2019
      • Alexander von Humboldt Prize, 2013,
      • Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Foreign Ministry, Federal Republic of Germany,
      • June, 2013
      • Distinguished Alumni Award, The Maret School, Washington, DC, 2013,
      • The Maret School, Washington, DC,
      • January 2013
      • Humboldt Research Fellowship,
      • Unknown,
      • November 2012
      • Distinguished Africana Award,
      • University of North Carolina - Charlotte,
      • October, 2012
      • Distinguished Africanist Award,
      • American Anthropological Association, Association for Africanist Anthropology,
      • November, 2010
      • Thomas Langford Lectureship Award,
      • Duke University,
      • March, 2010
      • "Favorite Professors of the Harvard College Class of 2009.",
      • Harvard Yearbook,
      • May 2009
      • Favorite Professors of the Harvard College Class of 2009.,
      • Harvard Yearbook,
      • May 2009
      • Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures,
      • University of Rochester,
      • October 2008
      • Outstanding Africana Service Award,
      • African-New World Studies, Florida International University,
      • March, 2008
      • S. Allen Counter Award for Excellence in Faculty and Administration,
      • Association of Black Harvard Women,
      • April, 2006
      • Dr. Brandon Fradd Research Fund,
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      • January 2006
      • Melville J. Herskovits Prize,
      • African Studies Association,
      • November, 2006
      • Spencer Foundation Major Grant,
      • Spencer Foundation, Chicago,
      • January 2006
      • Fellowships for University Teachers,
      • National Endowment for the Humanities,
      • January 1995
      • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers for overseas archival research and writing on Afro-Brazilian religion and politics,
      • 1995-1996
      • Social Science Research Council Grant for Field Research in Bahia and São Paulo, Brazil,
      • February-September, 1992
      • W. E. B. Du Bois Fellowship for Afro-American Research,
      • W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, Harvard University,
      • January 1992
      • W. E. B. Du Bois Fellowship for Afro-American Research for the support of field research and writing on Afro-Brazilian culture,
      • January-December, 1992
      • Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Anthropology,
      • Princeton University,
      • January 1991
      • Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Anthropology, Princeton University,
      • 1991
      • Charles Gaius Bolin Fellowship,
      • Williams College, Univesity of Chicago,
      • January 1990
      • Charles Gaius Bolin Fellowship for teaching and dissertation write-up, Williams College,
      • 1990
      • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship,
      • U.S. Department of Education,
      • January 1988
      • Fulbright-Hays (Dept. of Education) Fellowship for pre-dissertation research--Nigeria,
      • 1988-1989
      • Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) International Studies Fellowship, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, Brazil,
      • August-December, 1987
      • International Studies Fellowship,
      • Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC),
      • January 1987
      • CIC International Studies Fellowship,
      • Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC),
      • January 1986
      • Roy D. Albert Prize for Excellence in the Graduate Study of Anthropology,
      • University of Chicago,
      • January 1986
      • CIC International Studies Fellowship, Nigeria,
      • Summer 1986
      • Roy D. Albert Prize for Excellence in the Graduate Study of Anthropology, University of Chicago,
      • 1986
      • National Science Foundation Fellowship,
      • National Science Foundation,
      • January 1985
      • National Science Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Study, University of Chicago,
      • 1985-1989
      • CIC Graduate Fellowship for Minorities,
      • Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC),
      • January 1984
      • Danforth-Compton Fellowship for Graduate Study,
      • University of Chicago,
      • 1984-1991
      • CIC Graduate Fellowship for Minorities, University of Chicago,
      • 1984-1985
      • Rotary Scholarship for Graduate Study Abroad,
      • Rotrary Foundation,
      • January 1982
      • Rotary Scholarship for Graduate Study Abroad, Nigeria,
      • 1982-1983
  • Teaching

    • CULANTH 502S.01
      • THE UNIVERSITY AS A CULTURE
      • Friedl Bdg 240
      • M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
    • AAAS 610S.01
      • AFRICA, CUBA, BRAZIL
      • Friedl Bdg 240
      • Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
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