John Comaroff

Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology; Oppenheimer Research Fellow, Harvard University

John Comaroff is the Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, and Oppenheimer Research Fellow, at Harvard University. His research, primarily conducted in southern Africa, is on colonialism and postcoloniality, on crime, policing, and the workings of the state, on democracy and difference, and on comparative law and politics, and, more generally, “theory from the South.” His recent publications include, with Jean Comaroff, The Truth about Crime: Sovereignty, Knowledge, Social Order (The University of Chicago Press, 2016) and Theory from the South: or, how Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa (Taylor & Francis, 2015), as well as their co-edited volumes, Chiefship, Capital, and the State in Contemporary Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2018) and, with George Paul Meiu, Ethnicity, Commodity, In/corporation (Indiana University Press, 2020). He is currently working on lawfare and inter-generational conflict. Previously, Comaroff was the Harold H. Swift Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is also Honorary Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cape Town, and an affiliated research professor at the American Bar Foundation. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of Cape Town.