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

Piot, C. “Expectations of modernity myths and meanings of urban life on the Zambian Copperbelt.Anthropological Quarterly, vol. 74, no. 2, Apr. 2001, pp. 89–90. Wos-lite, doi:10.1353/anq.2001.0019. Full Text

Piot, C. “Réponse Aux Critiques.” Politique Africaine, vol. 82, 2001, pp. 206–10.

Piot, C. “Of Hybridity, Modernity and their Malcontents: Reflections on John and Jean Comaroff’s "Of Revelation and Revolution".” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 2, vol. 3, 2001, pp. 112–18.

Piot, C. “Editorial: "Of Revelation and Revolution".” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 3, 2001, pp. 1–4.

Piot, C. “Atlantic Aporias: Africa and Gilroy's Black Atlantic.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 100, no. 1, Duke University Press, Jan. 2001, pp. 155–70. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00382876-100-1-155. Full Text

Piot, C. “The mask of anarchy: the destruction of Liberia and the religious dimension of an African civil war.Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 6, no. 4, Dec. 2000, pp. 745–46.

Piot, C. “The modernity of witchcraft: Politics and the occult in postcolonial Africa.American Ethnologist, vol. 26, no. 1, Feb. 1999, pp. 247–48. Wos-lite, doi:10.1525/ae.1999.26.1.247. Full Text

Piot, C. “Perspectives on Africa: A reader in culture, history, and representation.American Anthropologist, vol. 100, no. 3, Sept. 1998, pp. 812–13. Wos-lite, doi:10.1525/aa.1998.100.3.812. Full Text

Piot, C. “Of slaves and the gift: Kabre sale of kin during the era of the slave trade.” Journal of African History, vol. 37, no. 1, 1996, pp. 31–49. Wos-lite, doi:10.1017/S0021853700034782. Full Text

Piot, Charles D. “Secrecy, Ambiguity, and the Everyday in Kabre Culture.” American Anthropologist, vol. 95, no. 2, Wiley, June 1993, pp. 353–70. Crossref, doi:10.1525/aa.1993.95.2.02a00050. Full Text