Faculty

Professor

    • Anne Allison
    • Robert O. Keohane Professor of Cultural Anthropology; Professor of Women's Studies
    • 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 Japanese youth products and the precarity of irregular workers. ...
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    • Lee D. Baker
    • Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College; Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Sociology
    • Lee D. Baker is Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and African and African American Studies at Duke University. He received his B.S. from Portland State University and doctorate in anthropology from Temple University. ...
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    • Engseng Ho
    • Professor of Cultural Anthropology, History and Duke Islamic Studies Center
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    • J. Lorand Matory
    • Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies and Director, Center for African and African American Research
    • J. Lorand Matory is the Director of the Center for African and African American Research and 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 ...
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    • Diane M Nelson
    • Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Women's Studies
    • My work is concerned with subjectivity and power and draws on close to 25 years of work in Guatemala (over seven years in country). Specifically, I try to understand how complex social formations like nationalism, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality intersect with violence and the state to produce people’s senses of identity. I began working in Guatemala in ...
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    • William M O'Barr
    • Professor of Cultural Anthropology, English and Sociology
    • William M. O'Barr, Ph.D. Northwestern 1969, is currently writing books about advertising and masculinity and about the history of legal anthropology. His extensive publications focus primarily on legal anthropology and include such concerns as law and politics in rural Africa, communication in trial courtrooms in America, and access to justice. His ...
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    • Charles D Piot
    • Professor of Cultural Anthropology, African & African American Studies and Women's Studies
    • I do research on contemporary culture and politics, as well as on histories of slavery and colonialism, in francophone West Africa. My 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. My recent book, Nostalgia for the Future: West Africa ...
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    • Irene M Silverblatt
    • Professor of Cultural Anthropology, History and Women's Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies
    • 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 both historical and contemporary, and have taken Silverblatt to the Inca ...
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    • Orin Starn
    • Chair and Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History
    • Orin Starn is Chair and 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 Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports ...
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    • Charlie D Thompson
    • Curriculum and Education Director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Adjunct Professor of Religion
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