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. "Editorial: "Of Revelation and Revolution"." Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 3 (2001): 1-4. (Academic Article)

Piot, C. "Atlantic aporias: Africa and Gilroy's 'Black Atlantic'." SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY 100.1 (2001): 155-170. Full Text

Piot, C. "The mask of anarchy: the destruction of Liberia and the religious dimension of an African civil war." JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE 6.4 (December 2000): 745-746.

Piot, C. "The Modernity of Witchcraft: Politics and the Occult in Postcolonial Africa." American Ethnologist 26.1 (February 1999): 247-248. Full Text

Piot, C. "Perspectives on Africa: A reader in culture, history, and representation." AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST 100.3 (September 1998): 812-813. Full Text

Piot, C. "Readings in African popular culture." AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST 100.3 (September 1998): 812-813. Full Text

Piot, C. "Of Slaves and the Gift: Kabre Sale of Kin During the Era of the Slave Trade." The Journal of African History 37.01 (March 1996): 31-31. Full Text

Piot, CD. "Secrecy, Ambiguity, and the Everyday in Kabre Culture." American Anthropologist 95.2 (June 1993): 353-370. Full Text