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Andrew Apter


Professor


Contact Information

Email    aapter@history.ucla.edu
Office  6265 Bunche
Phone  310-794-9547

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Degrees

Ph.D. Anthropology, Yale University (1987)

Selected Publications

Recent Articles

2013 "M.G. Smith on the Isle of Lesbos: Kinship and Sexuality in Carriacou," New West Indian Guide 87 (issue 3-4): 273-293.

2013 "The Blood of Mothers: Women, Money and Markets in Yoruba Atlantic Perspective," Journal of African American History 98 (1): 72-98. Special Issue on Women, Slavery, and the Atlantic World, ed. Brenda S. Stevenson.

2013 “Yoruba Ethnogenesis from Within,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 55 (2): 356-387. Online edition: Cambridge Journals Online.

2012 “"Matrilineal Motives: Kinship, Witchcraft and Repatriation among Congolese Refugees," Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 18(1): 22-44.

2005 “Griaule’s Legacy: Rethinking ‘la parole claire’ in Dogon Studies,” Cahiers d'Études Africaines 177, XLV (1): 95-129.

2004 "Herskovits's Heritage: Rethinking Syncretism in the African Diaspora." In A.M Leopold and J.S. Jensen, eds. Syncretism in Religion: A Reader. New York: Routledge, 160-184. Reprinted from Diaspora 1 (3), 1991: 235-260.

2002 "On African Origins: Creolization and Connaissancein Haitian Vodou,"American Ethnologist29 (2): 233-260.

2002 "On Imperial Spectacle: The Dialectics of Seeing in Colonial Nigeria," Comparative Studies in Society and History 44 (3): 564-96.

1999 “Africa, Empire, and Anthropology: A Philological Exploration of Anthropology's Heart of Darkness," Annual Review of Anthropology Vol. 28: 577-98.

Books

Activating the Past: History and Memory in the Black Atlantic World, Co-edited with Lauren Derby, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010)

Black Critics and Kings: The Hermeneutics of Power in Yoruba Society (University of Chicago Press, 1992)

The Pan-African Nation: Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria (University of Chicago Press, 2005)

Beyond Words: Discourse and Critical Agency in Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2007)

 

Research

West Africa (Yoruba, Nigeria), African Diaspora (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba), history of anthropology, social theory

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Directed Research or Senior Project in Afro-American Studies

Departmental Seminar: Approaches, Methods, Debates, Practices

Variable Topics Research Seminars: International Development Studies -- Senior Seminar

Honors Research in International Development Studies

2018 Winter Quarter

Topics in African History: Africa and Diaspora in Global and Comparative Perspective

Economic Development and Culture Change

Honors Research in International Development Studies

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2018 Winter Quarter

Topics in African History: Africa and Diaspora in Global and Comparative Perspective

Economic Development and Culture Change

2017 Fall Quarter

Departmental Seminar: Approaches, Methods, Debates, Practices

Variable Topics Research Seminars: International Development Studies -- Senior Seminar

2017 Spring Quarter

Topics in African History: Africa, 1945 to Present

Variable Topics Senior Research Seminars: International and Area Studies

2017 Winter Quarter

Colloquium: African History

Economic Development and Culture Change

2015 Summer Session

Field Studies in International and Area Studies

Variable Topics in Latin American Studies

2015 Spring Quarter

Topics in World History

Variable Topics Senior Research Seminars: International and Area Studies

2015 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Capstone Seminar: History -- Africa

Introduction to Development Studies: Economic Development and Culture Change

2014 Fall Quarter

Departmental Seminar: Approaches, Methods, Debates, Practices

2014 Spring Quarter

Topics in African History: Africa, 1945 to Present

Variable Topics Senior Research Seminars: International and Area Studies

2013 Fall Quarter

Colloquium: African History

Variable Topics Research Seminars: International Development Studies -- Senior Seminar

2013 Spring Quarter

Topics in African History: Africa, 1945 to Present

Variable Topics Research Seminars: International Development Studies -- Senior Seminar

2012 Fall Quarter

Topics in World History

Introduction to Development Studies: Economic Development and Culture Change

2012 Winter Quarter

Globalization: Concepts and History

Topics in History: Africa

2011 Fall Quarter

Topics in African History: Africa, 1945 to Present

Variable Topics Research Seminars: International Development Studies -- Senior Seminar

2010 Spring Quarter

Topics in African History: Africa, 1945 to Present

Colloquium: African History

2009 Spring Quarter

Topics in African History: Africa, 1945 to Present

Topics in History: Africa

2007 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Development Studies: Economic Development and Culture Change

2006 Fall Quarter

Africa and Disciplines

Topics in African History: Africa and Diaspora in Global and Comparative Perspective

2006 Spring Quarter

Contemporary Problems in Africa

Topics in History: Africa

Topics in World History

2005 Fall Quarter

Africa and the Disciplines

Introduction to Development Studies: Economic Development and Culture Change

2005 Spring Quarter

Topics in World History

Topics in History: Africa

2004 Fall Quarter

Africa and the Disciplines

Introduction to Development Studies: Economic Development and Culture Change

2004 Spring Quarter

Topics in World History

Undergraduate Seminar: World History

2003 Fall Quarter

Africa and the Disciplines

Introduction to Development Studies: Economic Development and Culture Change

2003 Spring Quarter

Selected Topics in Regional Cultures

Undergraduate Seminar: Africa

Topics in History: Africa

2003 Winter Quarter

Politics: Tribe, State, Nation

2002 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Previous Courses by Course

INTL DV 110
Economic Development and Culture Change

2018 Winter Quarter

2017 Winter Quarter

HIST 164D
Topics in African History: Africa and Diaspora in Global and Comparative Perspective

2018 Winter Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

INTL DV 191
Variable Topics Research Seminars: International Development Studies -- Senior Seminar

2017 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

HIST 204A
Departmental Seminar: Approaches, Methods, Debates, Practices

2017 Fall Quarter

I A STD 191
Variable Topics Senior Research Seminars: International and Area Studies

2017 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

HIST 164E
Topics in African History: Africa, 1945 to Present

2017 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

HIST 275B
Colloquium: African History

2017 Winter Quarter

I A STD 110B
Field Studies in International and Area Studies

2015 Summer Session

LATN AM 291B
Variable Topics in Latin American Studies

2015 Summer Session

HIST 214
Topics in World History

2015 Spring Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

HIST 191J
Capstone Seminar: History -- Africa

2015 Winter Quarter

INTL DV 100A
Introduction to Development Studies: Economic Development and Culture Change

2015 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2015 Winter Quarter

HIST 204
Departmental Seminar: Approaches, Methods, Debates, Practices

2014 Fall Quarter

HIST 275A
Colloquium: African History

2013 Fall Quarter

GLBL ST 100A
Globalization: Concepts and History

2012 Winter Quarter

HIST 201N
Topics in History: Africa

2012 Winter Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

HIST 275C
Colloquium: African History

2010 Spring Quarter

AFRC ST 201A
Africa and Disciplines

2006 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 271
Contemporary Problems in Africa

2006 Spring Quarter

AFRC ST 201
Africa and the Disciplines

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

HIST 101
Topics in World History

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

HIST 197O
Undergraduate Seminar: World History

2004 Spring Quarter

HIST 197J
Undergraduate Seminar: Africa

2003 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 179
Selected Topics in Regional Cultures

2003 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 152
Politics: Tribe, State, Nation

2003 Winter Quarter

HIST 99
Introduction to Historical Practice

2002 Fall Quarter