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Charles D. Piot, Assoicate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Cultural Anthropology

Charles D. Piot
Contact Info:
Office Location:  220B Social Sciences
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2023):

    Friedl Bdg 204, M 03:30 PM-06:00 PM

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

Political Economy
Post Colonialism
Popular Culture
African Diaspora
Research Interests:

Charlie Piot does research on histories of slavery and colonialism, as well as on contemporary culture and politics, in rural West Africa. His book, Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa (1999), attempts to retheorize a classic out-of-the-way place as within the modern and the global. He is currently engaged in several new projects. One explores the way in which (post-Cold War) human rights discourse, democratization, development, and charismatic Christianity are articulating with West African political cultures. A second tracks global discourses about female genital cutting from Western courtrooms and media into the capitals and villages of West Africa. A third explores West African expatriates in the US and Europe, examining the way in which exile reshapes questions of citizenship, sovereignty and national belonging.


West Africa • Togo • Political Economy • Globalization • Postcolonial Theory

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Christina Tekie  
  • Louis Yako  
  • Mackenzie Cramblit  
  • Yidong Gong  
  • Robert Penner  
  • Brian Smithson  
  • Spencer Orey  
  • Ameem Lutfi  
  • Jon Stapnes  
  • Jennifer Chien  
  • Sarah Lincoln  
  • Juhyung Shim  
  • Jatin Dua  
  • Laura Premack  
  • Eric Owens  
  • Margaret Mahon  
  • Ellen Gray  
  • Danny Hoffman  
  • Yektan Turkyilmaz  
  • Senay Ozden  
  • Attiya Ahmad  
  • Netta Van Vliet  
  • Mara Kaufman  
  • Johnetta Pressley  
  • Chad Eggleston  
  • Brendan Pietsch  
  • Justin Izzo  
  • Brian Goldstone  
  • Tami Navarro  
  • Amy Johnson  
  • Arianne Dorval  
  • Louisa Lombard  
  • Katherine Lambert-Pennington  
  • Kaifa Roland  
  • Gonzalo Lamana  
  • Heather Settle  
  • Caroline Yezer  
  • Nilgun Uygun  
  • Jennifer Prough  
  • Nichole Green  
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]