Political Anthropology

Political anthropologists have been most concerned with the contextual specificity of political processes, the mechanisms through which localities are incorporated into larger scales of social, economic, and political life, and the sentiments and meanings that people bring to their political practices. Our faculty engages with a variety of political phenomena such as state formation and governance, the meanings and practices of liberalism and neoliberalism, the political economic dimensions of social and cultural change, the politics of social and biological reproduction, social movements, and the changing contours of citizenship.

Ajantha  Subramanian

Ajantha Subramanian

Department Chair


Research and Teaching Interests: Political Economy; Colonialism and Postcoloniality; Political Ecology; Space...

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Tozzer Anthropology Building 210
21 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Chair Business Contact:
(617) 495-5820 | Peabody Museum 30A
p: (617) 496-9647
John  Comaroff

John Comaroff

Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology
Oppenheimer Research Fellow
On Leave Spring 2019


Research and Teaching Interests: The...

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