J. Lorand Matory
  • J. Lorand Matory

  • Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Director, Center for African and African American Research
  • African & African American Studies
  • 201C Friedl Building
  • Campus Box 900091
  • Phone: (919) 684-9923
  • Fax: (919) 681-8483
  • Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday - 2:00-3:00pm
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Specialties

    • Anthropology & History
    • Africa
    • African Diaspora
    • Transnationalism
  • Research Summary

    Anthropology of religion, of ethnicity, and of education; history and theory of anthropologyAfrican 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 Center for African and African American Research and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He 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
    African culture in the Americas
    religion and politics
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • James Marsh Professorship-at-Large,
      • University of Vermont,
      • 2013-2019
      • Alexander von Humboldt Prize, 2013,
      • June, 2013
      • Distinguished Alumni Award, The Maret School, Washington, DC, 2013,
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      • Distinguished Africana Award,
      • University of North Carolina, Charlotte,
      • October, 2012
      • Distinguished Africanist Award,
      • American Anthropological Association, Association for Africanist Anthropology,
      • November, 2010
      • Thomas Langford Lectureship Award,
      • Duke University,
      • March, 2010
      • "Favorite Professors of the Harvard College Class of 2009.",
      • Harvard Yearbook,
      • May 2009
      • Outstanding Africana Service Award,
      • African-New World Studies, Florida International University,
      • March, 2008
      • Melville J. Herskovits Prize,
      • African Studies Association,
      • November, 2006
      • S. Allen Counter Award for Excellence in Faculty and Administration,
      • Association of Black Harvard Women,
      • April, 2006
      • Spencer Foundation Major Grant,
      • Spencer Foundation, Chicago,
      • January 2006
      • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers for overseas archival research and writing on Afro-Brazilian religion and politics,
      • 1995-1996
      • Social Science Research Council Grant for Field Research in Bahia and São Paulo, Brazil,
      • February-September, 1992
      • W. E. B. Du Bois Fellowship for Afro-American Research for the support of field research and writing on Afro-Brazilian culture,
      • January-December, 1992
      • Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Anthropology, Princeton University,
      • 1991
      • Charles Gaius Bolin Fellowship for teaching and dissertation write-up, Williams College,
      • 1990
      • Fulbright-Hays (Dept. of Education) Fellowship for pre-dissertation research--Nigeria,
      • 1988-1989
      • Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) International Studies Fellowship, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, Brazil,
      • August-December, 1987
      • CIC International Studies Fellowship, Nigeria,
      • Summer 1986
      • Roy D. Albert Prize for Excellence in the Graduate Study of Anthropology, University of Chicago,
      • 1986
      • National Science Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Study, University of Chicago,
      • 1985-1989
      • CIC Graduate Fellowship for Minorities, University of Chicago,
      • 1984-1985
      • Danforth-Compton Fellowship for Graduate Study,
      • 1984-1991
      • Rotary Scholarship for Graduate Study Abroad, Nigeria,
      • 1982-1983
  • Recent Publications

      • J.L. Matory.
      • (June 3, 2015).
      • Hurt People Hurt People.
      • Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology
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      Publication Description

      Why I signed the petition for the American Anthropological Association to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

      • J.L. Matory.
      • (2015).
      • Stureplan People: Racial Fantasy and Human Reality in Today's Sweden.
      • Transition
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      • 47-60.
      • [PDF]
      Publication Description

      Immigrants and refugees, and especially those identified by their dark skin, are now the chief symbols of Swedes' disappointment with northern Europeans' gradual loss of economic security amid globalization. But the Stureplan people are a further hated anti-symbol of what is nostalgically regarded as an economically secure and egalitarian past, which, in fact, always included a great inequality of opportunity and esteem across the diverse white-skinned regions and ethnic groups of Sweden.

      • J.L. Matory.
      • (2015).
      • Book Review of Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust: African in Comparison, written by Peter Geschiere.
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      • 44
      • (3-4)
      • [PDF]
      Publication Description

      Review of a book by eminent Africanist anthropologist Peter Geschiere

      • J.L. Matory.
      • (2015).
      • Vodou and Other African Religions.
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      • J.L. Matory.
      • (2015).
      • Vodou and Other African-Inspired Religions.
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  • PhD Students

    • Brian Smithson
      • August, 2011 - present
    • Kwame Z. Shabazz
      • 2003
      • Thesis: All Africans Are Not Negroes
    • Megwen Loveless
      • 2000 - 2010
      • Thesis: Forro Music and Brazilian National Identity
  • Teaching

    • CULANTH 801S.01
      • Friedl Bdg 204
      • Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM