Charles D. Piot

Charles D. Piot

Professor of African and African American Studies

External Address: 
210 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90091, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Durham, NC 27708-0091
(919) 681-3264


Charlie Piot, Peter Lange Faculty Director of DukeEngage and Professor of Cultural Anthropology & African and African American Studies, does research on the political economy and history of rural West Africa. His first book, Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa (1999), attempted to re-theorize a classic out-of-the-way place as within the modern and global. His next book, Nostalgia for the Future: West Africa after the Cold War (2010), explored shifts in Togolese political culture during the 1990s, a time when the NGOs and charismatic churches took over the biopolitical, reorganizing social and political life in the absence of the state.  His most recent book, The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles (2019), is about Togolese who apply for and attempt to game the US Diversity Visa Lottery.  He has begun research focusing on the return of Togolese from the diaspora to West Africa.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia 1986

  • M.A., University of Virginia 1982

  • B.A., Princeton University 1973

Allison, Anne, and Charles Piot. “INTRODUCTION.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 26, no. 2, May 2011, pp. 157–157. Wos-lite, doi:10.1111/j.1548-1360.2011.01092.x. Full Text

Allison, A., and C. Piot. “New Editors' Greeting.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 26, no. 1, Feb. 2011, pp. 1–5. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1548-1360.2010.01077.x. Full Text

Piot, C. “The 'Right' To Be Trafficked.” Indiana Journal of Global Studies, vol. 18, no. 1, 2010, pp. 1–12.

Geschiere, P., et al. “Introduction: Marginal gains revisited.” African Studies Review, vol. 50, no. 2, Dec. 2007, pp. 37–41. Scopus, doi:10.1353/arw.2007.0093. Full Text

Piot, Charles. “KC's World.” Transforming Anthropology, vol. 15, no. 2, Wiley, Oct. 2007, pp. 158–66. Crossref, doi:10.1525/tran.2007.15.2.158. Full Text Open Access Copy

Piot, C. “Jeux de frontières : La Loterie des Cartes Vertes au Togo.” Politique Africaine, vol. 101, 2006, pp. 171–80.

Piot, C. “Asylum and Culture: Comments on Khanna and Noll.” Texas International Law Journal, vol. 41, no. 3, 2006, pp. 503–06.

Piot, C. “An African Postcolony in the Age of Empire.” Antropologi [Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society], vol. 29, no. 1, 2004, pp. 20–27.

Piot, C. “Heat on the Street: Video Violence in American Teen Culture.” Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 6, no. 3, 2003, pp. 351–65.

Piot, C. “Des cosmopolites dans la brousse.” Les Temps Modernes, vol. 57, no. 620–21, 2002, pp. 240–60.