Location: Bowdoin / Greg Beckett

Sociology and Anthropology

Greg Beckett

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
(on leave for the 2016-17 academic year)

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Sociology And Anthropology

Stowe House - 213

Greg Beckett - Bowdoin College


  • M.A., Ph.D. Chicago
  • B.A., M.A. Western Ontario

My research interests include the following: humanitarianism, ethics and morality, crisis and emergency, and governmental and nongovernmental politics. My most recent work focuses on the lived experience of crisis in Port-au-Prince Haiti and on the conceptual history of the idea of humanity.

Some of my publications are available at https://bowdoin.academia.edu/GregBeckett

In preparation. A Dog’s Life: Reflections on the Humanitarian Situation in Haiti.

Under review. The Structure of Disjuncture: Toward an Anthropological Theory of Crisis.

Under review. Cruel Life: Liberal Humanity and the Suffering Slot.

Under review. All Humans are Human: Race, Equality, and Freedom in the Work of Anténor  Firmin.

2014. The Art of Not Governing Port-au-Prince. Social and Economic Studies 63(2): 97–123.

2013. The Ontology of Freedom: The Unthinkable Miracle of Haiti. Journal of Haitian Studies 19(2): 54–74.

2013. Thinking With Others: Savage Thoughts about Anthropology and the West. Small Axe 42: 166–181.

2013. The Politics of Emergency. Reviews in Anthropology 42(2): 85­–101.

2013. Rethinking the Haitian Crisis. In The Idea of Haiti: History, Development and the Creation of New Narratives, Millery Polyné, ed. University of Minnesota Press, pp. 27–49.

2010. Phantom Power: Notes on Provisionality in Haiti. In Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency. John D. Kelly, Beatrice Jauregui, Sean T. Mitchell, and Jeremy Walton eds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 39-51.

2004. Master of the Wood: Moral Authority and Political Imaginaries in Haiti. PoLAR: The Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 27(2): 1–19.