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Charles D. Piot, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Professor of African and African American Studies and Professor in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Bass Fellow of Cultural Anthropology

Charles D. Piot

Charlie Piot, 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 re-theorize a classic out-of-the-way place as within the modern and global. His next book, Nostalgia for the Future: West Africa after the Cold War (2010), explored shifts in Togolese political culture during the 1990s, a time when the NGOs and charismatic churches took over the bio-political, reorganizing social and political life in the absence of the state.  A forthcoming book (2019), The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles, is about Togolese who apply for and attempt to game the US Diversity Visa Lottery.  He has begun research focusing on the return of Togolese from the diaspora to West Africa.

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Ph.D.University of Virginia1986
M.A.University of Virginia1982
B.A.Princeton University1973

Political Economy
Post Colonialism
Popular Culture
African Diaspora
Research Interests: Transnationalism, Postcolonialism, Marxism, Religious Movements, West Africa, African Diaspora

Charlie Piot is Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies. His work focuses on the political economy and history of rural West Africa. He is the author of Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa (1999) and is currently conducting research on transnational constructions of Africa through discourses on FGM, human rights, democracy, and charismatic Christianity.

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Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Piot, C, Nostalgia For the Future: West Africa After the Cold War (2010), University of Chicago Press (Winner of the African Politics Conference Group Award for Best Book on African Politics published in 2010.)
  2. Piot, C, Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa (1999), University of Chicago Press (Co-winner of the Royal Anthropological Institute's Amaury Talbot Prize for Africanist Anthropology and a finalist for the African Studies Association's Herskovits Prize. French translation - "Isolement Global: la Modernite du Village au Togo" - Karthala Press, 2008..)
  3. Piot, C, Heat on the Street: Video Violence in American Teen Culture, Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 6 no. 3 (2003), pp. 351-365
  4. Piot, C, Des cosmopolites dans la brousse, Les Temps Modernes, vol. 57 no. 620-21 (2002), pp. 240-260
  5. Piot, C, Atlantic Aporias: Africa and Gilroy's Black Atlantic, South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 100 no. 1 (January, 2001), pp. 155-170, Duke University Press, ISSN 0038-2876 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]

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