Bio

Janet Roitman is Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. She has conducted extensive research in Central Africa with a focus on the anthropology of value and emergent forms of the political. Her first book, Fiscal Disobedience: An Anthropology of Economic Regulation in Central Africa (Princeton University Press, 2005), is an analysis of unregulated commerce in the Chad Basin that documents emergent forms of economic regulation and explains consequential transformations in the nature of state governance in the Chad Basin. Her second book, Anti-Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013) demonstrates how the concept of crisis serves as a narrative device that enables certain questions while foreclosing others, using the 2007-2008 Great Recession as a point of illustration. Her current research focuses on new financial technologies and “high finance” in West Africa. Prior to joining The New School, she was a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and an instructor at Sciences-Po, Paris. Her research has received support from the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Agence française du développement, and the Institute for Public Knowledge.

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