Anne-Maria Makhulu
  • Anne-Maria Makhulu

  • Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology
  • Overview

    Anne-Maria Makhulu is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Duke University. Her research interests cover: Africa and more specifically South Africa, cities, space, globalization, political economy, neoliberalism, the anthropology of finance and corporations, as well as questions of aesthetics, including the literature of South Africa. Makhulu is co-editor of Hard Work, Hard Times: Global Volatility and African Subjectivities (2010) and the author of Making Freedom: Apartheid, Squatter Politics and the Struggle for Home (2015). She is a contributor to Producing African Futures: Ritual and Reproduction in a Neoliberal Age (2004), New Ethnographies of Neoliberalism (2010), author of articles in Anthropological Quarterly and PMLA, special issue guest editor for South Atlantic Quarterly (115(1)) and special theme section guest editor of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (36(2)). A new project, “Black and Bourgeois: Defining Race and Class After Apartheid,” examines the relationship between race and mobility in post-apartheid South Africa.

  • Education

    • Ph.D., University of Chicago 2003
    • M.A., University of Chicago 1996
    • B.A., Columbia University 1994
  • Awards and Honors

    • NEH Grant Fellowship for Project: “The New Financial Elite: Race, Mobility and Ressentiment After Apartheid”. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)., 2017
    • Arts and Sciences Committee on Faculty Research Summer Grant. Arts and Sciences Committee on Faculty Research., 2016
    • Josiah Trent Memorial Foundation Grant. Trent Foundation., 2015
    • Vice-Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies Grant . Vice-Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies., 2015
    • Mellon Humanities Funding. Andrew Mellon Foundation., 2014
    • Social Sciences Division Funding. Trinity Arts & Sciences., 2014
    • Africa Initiative Grant. Africa Initiative., 2013
    • Josiah Trent Memorial Foundation Grant. Josiah Trent Memorial Foundation., 2011
    • Duke University Arts and Sciences Committee on Faculty Research Travel Grant. Duke University Arts and Sciences Committee on Faculty Research., 2008
    • Duke University Center for International Studies Research Grant. Duke University., 2008
    • Provost Common Fund. Duke University., 2008
    • Duke University Arts and Sciences Committee on Faculty Research Travel Grant. Duke University Arts and Sciences Committee on Faculty Research., 2006
    • Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies Fellowship. Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton., 2006
    • Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies Research Fellowship. Princeton University., 2006
    • Princeton University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences Travel Grant. Princeton University., 2005
    • Princeton University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences Travel Grant. Princeton University., 2005
    • Princeton University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences Travel Grant. Princeton University., 2004
    • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Course Development Grant for “Rethinking Globalization” . Princeton University., 2004
    • Princeton University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences Travel Grant. Princeton University., 2004
    • Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. Council on the Humanities, Princeton University., 2003
    • Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship. University of Chicago., 2000
    • Josephine de Kármán Fellowship. University of Chicago., 2000
    • Spencer Foundation Mentor Grant. University of Chicago., 1998
    • Spencer Foundation Travel Grant. University of Chicago., 1996
    • Edith Heller Juda Fellowship. University of Chicago., 1995
    • Unendowed Fellowship. University of Chicago., 1994
    • Helena Rubinstein Scholarship for Women in Science. Columbia University., 1993
  • Professional Activities

    • Presentation
      • The Politics of Black Resistance at Universities. Black Academic Caucus. April 29, 2016
      • Black Affluence: A Brief Outline for Future Work. New Social Forms Seminar. April 28, 2016
      • Black Affluence: A Brief Outline for Future Work. Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar. April 26, 2016
      • Black Affluence: A Brief Outline for Future Work. Sociology Seminar. April 25, 2016
      • Debt, Finance, and Securitization: The Economics, Politics, and Policing of #FeesMustFall,” “Race, Property, Debt. Race, Property, Debt Symposium. Institute for Research in the Humanities. March 11, 2016 - March 12, 2016
      • Making Freedom: Apartheid, Squatter Politics, and the Struggle for Home. Left of Black. December 8, 2015
      • #FeesMustFall, #StudentBlackOut Day, and the New Student Movements. Concilium on Southern Africa. December 3, 2015
      • The Postcolonial Contemporary. October 9, 2015
      • The Fantastic and the Ordinary. Fantastic Contemporary Symposium. Michaelis School of Fine Art. September 16, 2015
      • Urban Poverty Workshop. Sanford School of Public Policy. December 4, 2014 - December 5, 2014
      • Guest Lectures in International Comparative Studies on Johannesburg. Duke University. November 17, 2014 - November 19, 2014
      • Screening and Discussion of film “The Battle for Johannesburg” . Global Cities. Duke University. September 29, 2014
      • South African Cities. Global Cities Seminar. Duke University. September 18, 2014
      • The Debt Economy: Credit and Capture in South Africa. University of Sussex. September 9, 2014 - September 11, 2014
      • Reckoning. Ends of Work Conference. Society of Cultural Anthropology. May 9, 2014
      • Reckoning. Diasporic Circuits Reconsidered conference. University of Pennsylvania. April 17, 2014 - April 18, 2014
      • City of Extremes: The Spatial Politics of Johannesburg. Shelter University Course. April 14, 2014
      • The New South African Debt Economy. “Beyond 'Marxism versus Postcolonialism' Symposium. Committee on Globalization and Social Change. April 4, 2014
      • Prison, Lights, Action: Carceral Space on ‘The Wire’. North Carolina Central University. March 20, 2014
      • The City in Theory. November 11, 2013
      • After Work. Department of Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand. March 7, 2013
      • After Work: South Africa’s Contingent Classes. November 17, 2012
      • Marikana and “Violence at a Time of Liberation”. November 8, 2012
      • Gaining Ground: Squatters and the Right to the City. October 10, 2012
      • The Right to the City Across the South African “Transition”. April 27, 2012
      • Enchantings: Modernity, Culture, and the State in Postcolonial Africa conference . Department of African Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin. April 26, 2012 - April 28, 2012
      • Precarious Liberation: Workers, the State, and Contested Social Citizenship in Post-apartheid South Africa. March 13, 2012
      • Politics of Prejudice: a conversation with Gyan Pandey. South Asia Center Workshop. Duke University. February 17, 2012
      • Surface, Edge, Underneath: South Africa’s Cultural Contemporary. November 1, 2011
      • Teaching "The Wire,” a conversation with Mark Anthony Neal. October 10, 2011
      • Workshop on Area Studies in a Neoliberal Age. May 2, 2011
      • The Consequences of Speculation: A View from South Africa. April 16, 2011
      • Pop Culture and Pedagogy: Teaching "The Wire". February 17, 2011
      • The Geography of Freedom. September 28, 2010
      • John Allen Life History. April 5, 2010
      • Anthropology of Finance. March 31, 2010
      • Performing Truth and Reconciliation: Aeschylus’s “Oresteia” in South Africa,. March 17, 2010
      • The Geography of Freedom. March 9, 2010
      • The Geography of Freedom. March 4, 2010
      • The Genealogy of Freedom. February 26, 2010
      • District 9: ‘Alien-Nation’, Sci-Fi and the Making of Ethno-Space. November 11, 2009
      • Unplanned Community: The Struggle for the South African City. October 23, 2009
      • Unplanned Community: The Struggle for the South African City. October 9, 2009
      • African Ubuntu and South African Constitutionalism: Constructing a New Legal Culture. April 17, 2009
      • The Search for Economic Sovereignty. March 3, 2009
      • The Search for Economic Sovereignty. February 23, 2009
      • The Search for Economic Sovereignty. February 4, 2009
      • Africa’s-Place-in-the-World: A Conversation with James Ferguson and Achille Mbembe. November 18, 2008
      • The Social Coordinates of Illness in Postcolonial Africa. October 3, 2008
      • Africa and the African Diaspora: Traditions, Revolutions and Innovations. SUNY, Purchase. May 10, 2008
      • The Micro-Finance of Everyday Life: Family Economy in Neoliberal South Africa. Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania. April 14, 2008
      • The Micro-Finance of Everyday Life: Family Economy in Neoliberal South Africa. Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series, “Portents and Dilemmas: Environmental Politics and Public Health in India and China.". April 12, 2008
      • Neoliberalism and Social Death in South Africa. SUNY, Purchase. February 4, 2008
    • Service to the University
      • Faculty Director. MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. 2016
      • Provostial Masters Program Committee. 2015 - 2016
      • Duke University. Social Sciences Research Institute Faculty Governing Board. 2015 - 2016
      • Graduate Admissions. December 10, 2013 - January 8, 2014
      • Member. Concilium on Southern Africa. October 1, 2013 - October 1, 2013
      • International Comparative Studies Search. January 1, 2013 - April 1, 2013
      • Co-Organizer. Speaker Series in Cultural Anthropology. November 30, 2012 - July 1, 2013
      • Departmental Representative. November 30, 2012 - July 1, 2013
      • Organizer. Curriculum Innovations. November 30, 2012
      • Organizer. Curriculum Innovations. December 15, 2011 - December 15, 2011
      • Organizer. Curriculum Innovations. November 30, 2010 - November 30, 2010
      • Organizer. Curriculum Innovations. December 16, 2009 - December 16, 2009
      • Co-Organizer. AAAS Speaker Series. December 16, 2009
      • Concilium on Southern Africa. December 16, 2009
      • Concilium on Southern Africa. December 16, 2009
      • Global South Synergy Group. December 16, 2009
      • Global South Synergy Group. December 16, 2009
      • Graduate Committee. December 16, 2009
      • Speaker Series in African and African American Studies. December 16, 2009
      • Graduate Committee - Cultural Anthropology. December 16, 2008
      • Graduate Committee. August 1, 2008
      • Preliminary Search. August 1, 2008
    • Service to the Profession
      • Co-organizer. “Race and Rurality” conference. Duke University. March 26, 2015 - March 28, 2015
      • Co-organizer. The Haunted Present: Reckoning After Apartheid conference. Concilium on Southern Africa. April 10, 2014 - April 11, 2014
      • Organizer. Meth Labs and the Ontologies of Making and Unmaking. Duke University. February 19, 2014
      • Organizer : Concilium on Southern Africa. July 2013 - April 2014
      • Conference Organizer : The Social Coordinates of Illness in Postcolonial Africa. October 3, 2008 - October 4, 2008
  • Selected Publications

  • Selected Grants

    • The New Financial Elite: Race, Mobility and Ressentiment After Apartheid 2017 - 2018
    • An Inquiry into Market Speculation in Johannesburg and New York 2011 - 2012
    • Southern Africa's Place-on-the-Continent, Africa's Place-in-the-World 2008 - 2009