J. Lorand Matory

Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology

External Address: 
201C Friedl Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0091
Phone: 
(919) 684-9923

Overview

Specialties

Anthropology & History, Africa, African Diaspora, Transnationalism

Research Summary

Anthropology of religion, of ethnicity, and of education; history and theory of anthropology; African and African-inspired religions around the Atlantic perimeter; ethnic diversity in the African-descended population of the US; tertiary education as a culture; gender, religion and politics; transnationalism; spirit possession

Research Description

J. Lorand Matory is the Director of the Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic Project and the Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. For six years, from 2009 until 2015, he also directed the University's Center for African and African American Research.  Professor Matory 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 by the University of Chicago Press as Stigma and Culture: Global Migrations and the Crisis of Identity 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.

Current Projects

Of the Race but above the Race: Stigma and the Schooling of Ethnic Identity in the "Mecca" of Black Education

Areas of Interest

spirit possession
African religions
African-diaspora religions
Afro-Atlantic religions
gender
transnationalism
African culture in the Americas
religion and politics

Media Appearances

Vodou and Other African Religions

Vodou and Other African-Inspired Religions

Vodou and Other African-Inspired Religions

Lucumi Music: Singing, Dancing and Drumming Black Divnity

"Global Affirmative Action in a Neoliberal Age"

 “Can We Talk?: Bridges between the Humanities and the Social Sciences”

 “Human Traffic: Past and Present”     

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1991

  • M.A., University of Chicago 1986

  • B.A., Harvard University 1982

Matory, JL. "Gendered Agendas: the Secrets Scholars Keep about Yoruba-Atlantic Religion." Dialogues of Dispersal: Gender, Sexuality and African Diasporas. Ed. S Gunning, TW Hunter, and M Mitchell. Blackwell, 2004. 13-43.

Matory, JL. "El nuevo imperio Yoruba: Textos, migración y el auge transatlántico de la nación lucumí." Culturas encontradas: Cuba y los Estados Unidos. Ed. R Hernández and J Coatsworth. Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Cultura Juan Marinello and David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, 2001. 167-188. Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "Afro-Atlantic Culture: On the Live Dialogue between Africa and the Americas." Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. Ed. HL Gates and KA Appiah. Basic Civitas Books, 1999. 36-44. Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "Afro-Atlantic Culture: On the Live Dialogue between Africa and the Americas, first edition." Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, first edition. Ed. KA Appiah. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 1999. 36-44.

Matory, JL. "Afro-Atlantic Culture: On the Live Dialogue between Africa and the Americas." Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. Ed. Henry Louis Gates and K. Anthony Appiah. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 1999. 36-44. Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "African and Afro-Caribbean Religions in the United States." On Common Ground: World Religions in America. Ed. D Eck. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997. (Essay)

Matory, JL. "Religions, African, in the Americas." The Encyclopedia of Sub-Saharan Africa. Ed. John Middleton. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1997. 457-460. Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "Government by Seduction: History and the Tropes of 'Mounting' in Ọyọ-Yoruba Religion." Modernity and Its Malcontents: Ritual and Power in Africa. Ed. Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1993. 58-84. Open Access Copy

Pages

Matory, JL. "The Gullah and the Black Atlantic." Footsteps: African American History and Heritage Magazine 3.2 (March 2001): 10-11. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "Africans in the United States." Footsteps: African American History and Heritage Magazine 3.2 (March 2001): 6-9. Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "The cult of nations' and the ritualization of their purity." SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY 100.1 (2001): 171-214. Full Text Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "Cuba and African Diaspora Religion." ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America Winter (2000). Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "Jeje: repensando nações e transnacionalismo." Mana: estudos de antropologia social 5.1 (January 1, 1999): 57-80. (Academic Article) Full Text Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "The English professors of Brazil: On the diasporic roots of the Yoruba nation." COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN SOCIETY AND HISTORY 41.1 (January 1999): 72-103. Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "Yorubá: As Rotas e as Raízes da Nação Transatlântica, 1830-1950." Horizontes Antropológicos 4.9 (October 1998): 263-292. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "Yoruba: A World Civilization." Calliope: World History for Young People (February 1998): 4-6. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "The king's male-order bride - The modern making of a Yoruba Priest." QUEENS, QUEEN MOTHERS, PRIESTESSES, AND POWER 810 (1997): 381-400. Full Text Open Access Copy

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Matory, JL. "Orwellian Uses of ‘Free Speech'." The Harvard Crimson Nov 30 (2007). (Scholarly Commentary) Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "Israel and Censorship at Harvard." The Harvard Crimson Sept 14 (2007). (Scholarly Commentary)

Matory, JL. "The Progressives’ Prejudice'." The Harvard Crimson June 27 A29 (2007). (Scholarly Commentary) Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "Why I Stood Up: the Case against Summers." Harvard Crimson June 7 (2006). (Scholarly Commentary) Open Access Copy

Matory, JL. "The Other African Americans." Footsteps: African American History and Heritage Magazine March/April (2001): 24-25. (Scholarly Commentary) Open Access Copy

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