Charles C. Tillinghast, Jr. '32 Professor of International Studies, Professor of Anthropology


Daniel Jordan Smith joined the Department of Anthropology at Brown University in July 2001. He received an AB in Sociology from Harvard University (1983), an MPH from Johns Hopkins University (1989), and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Emory University (1999). Smith conducts research in Nigeria focusing on a range of issues, including social change, population processes, political culture, kinship, and health. He won the 2008 Margaret Mead Award for his book, A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria  (Princeton University Press, 2007). Professor Smith’s second single-authored book, AIDS Doesn’t Show Its Face: Inequality, Morality, and Social Change in Nigeria (University of Chicago Press, 2014) won the 2015 Elliott P. Skinner Award from the Association for Africanist Anthropology. Smith's most recent book is To Be a Man Is Not a One-Day Job: Masculinity, Money, and Intimacy in Nigeria (University of Chicago Press, 2017). He has completed several research projects with grants awarded by NSF and NIH, with a major focus in the HIV epidemic in Nigeria. He was the recipient of the 2007-9 William C. McGloughlin Award for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences and in 2015 he was appointed Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellennce. From 2006-2011 he was Associate Director of the Population Studies and Training Center. He is currently Chair of the Anthropology Department and Director of the Watson Institute's Africa Initiative.

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