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

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

Geschiere, P, Goheen, M, and Piot, C. "Introduction: Marginal Gains Revisited." African Studies Review 50.02 (September 2007): 37-41. Full Text

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)

Piot, C. "Réponse Aux Critiques." Politique Africaine 82 (2001): 206-210.

Piot, C. "Of Hybridity, Modernity and their Malcontents: Reflections on John and Jean Comaroff’s "Of Revelation and Revolution"." Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 2 3 (2001): 112-118. (Academic Article)