Charles C. Tillinghast, Jr. Professor of International Studies


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 PhD in Anthropology from Emory University (1999). Smith conducts research in Nigeria focusing on a range of issues, including population processes, political culture, kinship, infrastructure, 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). Smith's current project, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2020, investigates how Nigerians cope with widespread failures of fundamental infrastructure and basic services, with particular attention to how the resulting entrepreneurial activities and informal economic enterprises are, paradoxically, central to the consolidation of state power and the substance of citizenship. He was the recipient of the 2007-9 William C. McGloughlin Award for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences and from 2015 until 2018 he was named a Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence. From 2006-2011 he was Associate Director of the Population Studies and Training Center and from 2012-2019 he was Chair of the Department of Anthropology. In 2017, Smith was the keynote speaker at Brown's Convocation. He is currently Director of the Watson Institute's Africa Initiative.

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