Daniel J. Smith

Daniel J. Smith
SPRING 2020 FACULTY FELLOW

Biography

Daniel Jordan Smith is Charles C. Tillinghast, Jr. ’32 Professor of International Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. He is also the Director of the Watson Institute’s Africa Initiative. Smith conducts research in Nigeria focusing on a range of issues, including political culture, kinship, gender, and health. He won the 2008 Margaret Mead Award for his first book, A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria (Princeton, 2007). Smith’s second book, AIDS Doesn’t Show Its Face: Inequality, Morality, and Social Change in Nigeria won the 2015 Elliott P. Skinner Award from the Association for Africanist Anthropology. His most recent book is To Be a Man Is Not a One-Day Job: Masculinity, Money, and Intimacy in Nigeria (University of Chicago Press, 2014). His current research project 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, ironically, central to the consolidation of state power and the substance of citizenship.