Jean Comaroff

Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and American Studies and of Anthropology, Oppenheimer Research Fellow, Harvard University

Jean Comaroff is Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and American Studies and of Anthropology and the Oppenheimer Research Fellow at Harvard University. Her research, primarily conducted in southern Africa, centers on processes of social and cultural transformation—the making and unmaking of colonial society, the nature of the postcolony, and the late modern world viewed from the Global South. Her writing covers a range of topics, from religion, medicine, and body politics to state formation, crime, democracy, and difference. Her recent books include, with John Comaroff, The Truth about Crime: Sovereignty, Knowledge, Social Order (The University of Chicago Press, 2016); Theory from the South: or, how Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa (Taylor & Francis, 2015), and two edited volumes: Chiefship, Capital, and the State in Contemporary Africa, with John Comaroff (University of Chicago Press, 2018); and Ethnicity, Commodity, In/Corporation, with George Paul Meiu and John Comaroff (Indiana University Press, 2020). She is currently working on issues of populism and the generation war. Previously, Comaroff was the Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and Director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory. She is also Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town. Comaroff holds a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of Cape Town.