John Comaroff

John Comaroff

Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology
Oppenheimer Research Fellow
John  Comaroff

 

Research and Teaching Interests: The anthropology of crime and policing; the anthropology of the colonial and postcolonial state; contemporary African political and legal systems; the historical anthropology of colonialism; the anthropology of modernity; anthropological theory; Southern Africa.

John Comaroff is the Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African-American Studies and of Anthropology, and Oppenheimer Research Scholar, at Harvard University. Before joining the Department of African and African American Studies, John Comaroff was the Harold H. Swift Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is also an Honorary Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cape Town, and an Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. His current research in South Africa is on crime, policing, and the workings of the state, on democracy and difference, and on postcolonial politics. His authored and edited books include, with Jean Comaroff, Of Revelation and Revolution (2 vols), Ethnography and the Historical ImaginationModernity and its MalcontentsCivil Society and the Political Imagination in Africa, Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of NeoliberalismLaw and Disorder in the PostcolonyEthnicity, Inc.,  Zombies et Frontières A l'Ere Néolibérale, and Theory from the South: or, how Euro-America is evolving toward Africa. With Jean Comaroff he is currently completing The Truth Abouth Crime: Policing and the Metaphysics of Disorder and The Return of Khulekani Khumalo, Zombie Captive: Law, Imposture, and Personhood in Postcolonial South Africa, and co-editing Chiefship and the Customary in Contemporary Africa

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View articles and interviews:

[with J. Comaroff] Theory from the South: A Rejoinder. In A Forum on Theory from the South: How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa, Cultural Anthropology, March 2, 2012

[with J. Comaroff] Etnografia e imaginação histórica. Translated by Iracema Dulley and Olivia Janequine. Proa: Revista de Antropologia e Arte 1(2), November

Interview with Jean and John Comaroff, Interviews With Leading Thinkers, Kalman Applebaum (interviewer)

 

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Department of African and African American Studies
260 Barker Center
12 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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