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Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Juan Obarrio is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University.
He holds a PhD from Columbia University (2007).
Juan Obarrio works in the fields of critical theory and political anthropology, focusing on issues of state, democracy, law, violence, magic; and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Southern Africa and South America.
He has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the American Council of Learned Societies, and has been a visiting professor in Paris, Johannesburg, and Buenos Aires. He is the author of The Spirit of the Laws in Mozambique (2014), Corps Etranger (2014), A Matter of Time: A Secret State of Things in Northern Mozambique (forthcoming), and co-editor of African Futures: Essays on Crisis, Emergence, Possibility (2016).
He is a 2016-2017 member at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), School of Social Sciences.
Citizenship and civility in Postcolonial Urban Mozambique forthcoming in "The Art of Citizenship in Africa" , edited by Mamadou Diouf and Rosalind Fredericks (Palgrave 2013)
“Traditional Justice as Rule of Law in Africa: An Anthropological Perspective”, in Peacebuilding and Rule of Law in Africa: Just Peace?. Chandra Lekha Sriram Olga Martin-Ortega Johanna Herman (eds). Routledge, UK, 2010.
“Mozambique: The chief question”, in The Mozambique Reader. 2011
“Number as Inventive Frontier” Special Issue of Anthropological Theory. March 2010; 10 (1-2). Co edited with Jane Guyer and Naveeda Khan
Theorizing the Contemporary: Introduction
Johannesburg Salon, n5. Wits University, South Africa, 2012
Editor, Cultural Anthropology special issue on J and J Comaroff 's book "Theory from the South"
Review of Paul Khan "Political Theology: Four new chapters on the concept of sovereignty"
The Immanent Frame, 2011
Review of Bataille's Peak: Energy, Religion and Postsustainability by Alan Stoekl, in Cultural Anthropology, Volume 24, Issue 4, pages 752–755, November 2009
Review of Achille Mbembe’s On The Postcolony. South African Historical Journal, Volume 56, Issue 1 2006 , pages 188 – 200
L’Etat de Choses en Afrique. Politique Africaine, 91, 2003. Paris
Review of Patricia Zimmerman, States of Emergency: Documentaries, War, Democracies, in XCP Cross Cultural Poetics n8, May 2001.