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.

Michael  Herzfeld

Michael Herzfeld

Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences
Director, Thai Studies Program, Asia Center


Research and Teaching Interests: Social theory, history of Anthropology, social poetics, politics of history; Europe (...

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Tozzer Anthropology Building 311
21 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-5190
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