Professor Smith conducts research in medical anthropology, anthropological demography, and political anthropology in sub-Saharan Africa, with a specific focus on Nigeria. His research in medical and demographic anthropology includes work on HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and behavior, adolescent sexuality, marriage, kinship, and rural-urban migration. His work on political culture in Nigeria includes studies of patron-clientism, Pentecostal Christianity, vigilantism, and corruption.
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, 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). He has completed several research projects with grants awarded by NSF and NIH, with a major focus in the HIV epidemic in Nigeria. Smith was the recipient of the 2007-9 William C. McGloughlin Award for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences. From 2006-2011 he was Associate Director of the Population Studies and Training Center. He is currently Chair of the Anthropology Department.
DANIEL JORDAN SMITH, Ph.D. Emory University 1999; M.P.H. Johns Hopkins University 1989; A.B. Harvard University 1983
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