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John Comaroff, Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, Harvard University

John Comaroff is the Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American studies and of anthropology, and an Oppenheimer Fellow in African Studies.  Before joining the Harvard faculty in 2012, he was Swift Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, where he received a Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and Honorary Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cape Town.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His current research in South Africa is on crime, policing, and the workings of the state; on democracy and difference; and on postcolonial politics.  Authored and edited books include, with Jean Comaroff, Of Revelation and Revolution (2 vols.), Ethnography and the Historical Imagination, Modernity and Its Malcontents, Civil Society and the Political Imagination in Africa, Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism, Law and Disorder in the Postcolony, Ethnicity, Inc., Zombies et frontières à l’ère néolibérale, and Theory from the South:  Or, How Euro-America Is Evolving Toward Africa.


Campus Schedule:


Thursday-Friday, October 31-November 1

Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington


Thursday-Friday, November 21-22

Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.


Thursday-Friday, February 6-7

Ripon College, Ripon, Wis.


Thursday-Friday, February 27-28

Hendrix College, Conrad, Ark.


Thursday-Friday, March 6-7

Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.


Thursday-Friday, March 27-28

Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind.


Thursday-Friday, April 3-4

Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.


Thursday-Friday, April 10-11

Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Ala.


Thursday-Friday, April 17-18

Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.




dates to be determined

Willamette University, Salem, Ore.


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