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J. Lorand Matory, Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Professor of African and African American Studies and Religious Studies

J. Lorand Matory
Office Location:  201C Friedl Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-9923
Email Address:    send me a message
Web Page:   http://caaar.duke.edu/about
Office Hours:   Mon., 3-5 p.m.

Curriculum Vitae
Teaching (Fall 2018):

  • Aaas 385s.01, Race/culture of afri diaspora Synopsis
    Carr 135, W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
  • Culanth 801s.01, Theories cultural anthro Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 118, Tu 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
Education:
  • Ph.D. University of Chicago 1991
  • M.A. University of Chicago 1986
  • B.A. Harvard University 1982
Specialties:

Anthropology & History
Africa
African Diaspora
Transnationalism

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, JL. "Collecting and Exhibiting at the Crossroads: In Honor of Eshu." Material Religion: the journal of objects, art and belief  vol. 12 no. 3 (September, 2016): 378-380.
  2. Matory, JL. "Collecting and exhibiting at the crossroads: in honor of eshu." Material Religion  vol. 12 no. 3 (July, 2016): 378-380. [doi]
  3. Matory, JL. "Watering the Flowers While Black." News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)  (July, 2016). [147A07C639CCFB58]
  4. Matory, JL. "In-Depth Review--The Formation of Candomble: Vodun History and Ritual in Brazil, by Luis Nicolau Pares." The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History  vol. 72 no. 04 (October, 2015): 609-628. [repository]  [abs]
  5. Matory, JL. "IN-DEPTH REVIEW: The Formation of Candomble: Vodun History and Ritual in Brazil." Americas (Academy of American Franciscan History)  vol. 72 no. 4 (October, 2015): 609-628. [doi]

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