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J. Lorand Matory, Lawrence Richardson Distinguished Professor

J. Lorand Matory
Office Location:  201C Friedl Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-9923
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Office Hours:   Thursdays: 1PM-3PM (20-minute intervals)

Curriculum Vitae
Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • Culanth 173s.01, First-gen college students Synopsis
    West duke 108a, Tu 01:45 PM-04:15 PM
  • Aaas 269.01, Black gods and monarchs Synopsis
    Class bldg 114, Th 01:45 PM-04:15 PM
  • Ph.D. The University of Chicago 1991
  • M.A. The University of Chicago 1986
  • B.A. Harvard University 1982

Anthropology & History
African Diaspora

Research Interests:

J. Lorand Matory is the Director of the Center for African and African American Research and Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He conducts field research in Brazil, Nigeria, Benin Republic, Cuba, Trinidad, Jamaica and the US. Choice magazine named his Sex and the Empire That Is No More: Gender and the Politics of Metaphor in Oyo Yoruba Religion an Outstanding Book of the Year in 1994, and his Black Atlantic Religion: Tradition, Transnationalism and Matriarchy in the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé received the Herskovits Prize for the best book of 2005 from the African Studies Association. His forthcoming research on ethnic diversity at historically black Howard University was the subject of the 2008 Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures and will be published in fall 2015 by the University of Chicago Press as Stigma and Culture: Last-Place Anxiety in Black America. In 2013, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded him the Alexander von Humboldt Prize, a lifetime achievement award that is one of Europe's highest academic distinctions.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Matory, L. ""The Fetish Revisited" with J. Lorand Matory Interview with Kristian Petersen." Religious Studies News. Edited by Petersen, K.  (July, 2020).
  2. Matory, JL. The Fetish Revisited: Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make. Duke University Press, October, 2018. 384 pages pp.  [abs]
  3. Apter, A. "Oduduwa’s Chain: Locations of Culture in the Yoruba-Atlantic." African and Black Diaspora: an International Journa  (August, 2018.): 1-5.
  4. Matory, JL. "Collecting and Exhibiting at the Crossroads: In Honor of Eshu." Material Religion  vol. 12 no. 3 (September, 2016): 378-380. [doi]
  5. Matory, JL. "Watering the Flowers While Black." News & Observer (Raleigh, Nc)  (July, 2016). [147A07C639CCFB58]

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