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

Tambiah, S. ""Comment" on "Bridewealth and Dowry Revisited: The position of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa and North India"." Current Anthropology 30 (1989): 430-431. (Academic Article)

Piot, C. "Fathers and Sons: Domestic Production, Conflict and Social Forms Among the Kabre." Research in Economic Anthropology 10 (1988): 269-285. (Academic Article)

Geentz, C. "Local Knowledge: Further Essays in Interpretive Anthropology." Journal of Speech Quarterly 71 (1985): 390-392. (Academic Article)

Allison, A, and Piot, C. "Editors’ Farewell(Published online)." Cultural Anthropology 29.4: 599-601. Full Text

Piot, C, and Allison, A. "Editors’ Introduction: Open Access(Published online)." Cultural Anthropology 29.2: 201-202. Full Text

Allison, A, and Piot, C. "Editors’ Note on “Neoliberal Futures”(Published online)." Cultural Anthropology 29.1: 3-7. Full Text