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Andrew Apter


Contact Information

Email    aapter@history.ucla.edu
Office  6265 Bunche
Phone  310-794-9547



Ph.D. Anthropology, Yale University (1987)

Selected Publications

Recent Articles

2013 "M.G. Smith on the Isle of Lesbos: Kinship and Sexuality in Carriacou," New West Indian Guide 87 (issue 3-4): 273-293.

2013 "The Blood of Mothers: Women, Money and Markets in Yoruba Atlantic Perspective," Journal of African American History 98 (1): 72-98. Special Issue on Women, Slavery, and the Atlantic World, ed. Brenda S. Stevenson.

2013 “Yoruba Ethnogenesis from Within,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 55 (2): 356-387. Online edition: Cambridge Journals Online.

2012 “"Matrilineal Motives: Kinship, Witchcraft and Repatriation among Congolese Refugees," Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 18(1): 22-44.

2005 “Griaule’s Legacy: Rethinking ‘la parole claire’ in Dogon Studies,” Cahiers d'Études Africaines 177, XLV (1): 95-129.

2004 "Herskovits's Heritage: Rethinking Syncretism in the African Diaspora." In A.M Leopold and J.S. Jensen, eds. Syncretism in Religion: A Reader. New York: Routledge, 160-184. Reprinted from Diaspora 1 (3), 1991: 235-260.

2002 "On African Origins: Creolization and Connaissancein Haitian Vodou,"American Ethnologist29 (2): 233-260.

2002 "On Imperial Spectacle: The Dialectics of Seeing in Colonial Nigeria," Comparative Studies in Society and History 44 (3): 564-96.

1999 “Africa, Empire, and Anthropology: A Philological Exploration of Anthropology's Heart of Darkness," Annual Review of Anthropology Vol. 28: 577-98.


Activating the Past: History and Memory in the Black Atlantic World, Co-edited with Lauren Derby, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010)

Black Critics and Kings: The Hermeneutics of Power in Yoruba Society (University of Chicago Press, 1992)

The Pan-African Nation: Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria (University of Chicago Press, 2005)

Beyond Words: Discourse and Critical Agency in Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2007)



West Africa (Yoruba, Nigeria), African Diaspora (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba), history of anthropology, social theory