Anne-Maria B. Makhulu

Makhulu

Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology

Anne-Maria Makhulu is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies and Core Faculty in Innovation and Entrepreneurship 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 for Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (36(2)). A new project, South Africa After the Rainbow (in preparation), examines the relationship between race and mobility in postapartheid South Africa and has been supported with an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology
  • Associate Professor of African and African American Studies
  • Associate Professor in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
  • Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
  • Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D. The University of Chicago, 2003
  • M.A. The University of Chicago, 1996
  • B.A. Columbia University, 1994

Research Interests

  1. South African campus social movements
  2. Access to educational and other opportunities in South Africa
  3. Class and race mobility in South Africa
  4. The history of applied anthropology
  5. Anthropologists in the public and private sectors

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The Graduate School. 2022
  • Faculty Advancement Seed Grant. Office of Faculty Advancement. 2021
  • Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Grant . Arts and Sciences Committee on Faculty Research. 2019
  • NEH Grant Fellowship for Project: “The New Financial Elite: Race, Mobility and Ressentiment After Apartheid”. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 2017
  • Course Development Grant. Trinity College. 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

Courses Taught

  • AAAS 185S: African Hashtag Activism
  • AAAS 397S: African Cities, Development, and Climate Change
  • AAAS 503S: The Black Radical Tradition: COVID-19, #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, and the Movement for Black Lives
  • CULANTH 185S: African Hashtag Activism
  • CULANTH 290A: Duke-Administered Study Abroad: Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology
  • CULANTH 291: Independent Study
  • CULANTH 293: Research Independent Study
  • CULANTH 361S: African Cities, Development, and Climate Change
  • CULANTH 503S: The Black Radical Tradition: COVID-19, #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, and the Movement for Black Lives
  • CULANTH 791: Special Readings
  • CULANTH 793: Individual Research in Cultural Anthropology
  • CULANTH 801S: Decolonizing Social Theory
  • CULANTH 802S: Decolonizing Social Theory
  • ECON 290A: Duke-Administered Study Abroad: Special Topics in Economics
  • HISTORY 390A-12: Duke in Venice: Special Topics on History
  • ICS 504S: The Black Radical Tradition: COVID-19, #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, and the Movement for Black Lives
  • MMS 390A: Duke-Administered Study Abroad: Advanced Special Topics in Markets and Management Studies
  • POLSCI 589S: The Black Radical Tradition: COVID-19, #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, and the Movement for Black Lives
  • RELIGION 503S: The Black Radical Tradition: COVID-19, #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, and the Movement for Black Lives

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Makhulu, A-M, Making Freedom: Apartheid, Squatter Politics, and the Struggle for Home (2015) [abs].
  • Makhulu, AM, The "dialectics of toil": Reflections on the politics of space after apartheid, Anthropological Quarterly, vol 83 no. 3 (2010), pp. 551-580 [10.1353/anq.2010.0004] [abs].
  • Makhulu, A-M; Buggenhagen, BA; Jackson, S, Hard Work, Hard Times: Global Volatility and African Subjectivities (2010) [abs].
  • Makhulu, A-M, The Search for Economic Sovereignty (2010), pp. 28-47 [abs].
  • Makhulu, A-M, The Question of Freedom: Post-Emancipation South Africa in a Neoliberal Age (2010), pp. 131-145 [abs].
  • Makhulu, A-M, Poetic Justice: Xhosa Idioms and Moral Breach in Post-Apartheid South Africa, vol 26 (2004), pp. 229-261 [abs].