Julie Skurski

Distinguished Lecturer, Anthropology, Graduate Center, CUNY

Julie Skurski (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Distinguished Lecturer in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her interests lie in the subjects of historical anthropology, race, gender, postcolonialism, popular religion, and Latin American, Caribbean, and Atlantic studies. Her books include States of Violence (University of Michigan Press, 2009), coedited with Fernando Coronil and Anthrohistory: The Question of Discipline, co-edited (2011). She is now at work on Civilizing Barbarism: Nationhood, Masculinity, and Mestizaje in Early Twentieth-Century Venezuela. Related to this project, she is conducting research on the relationship between secular and esoteric formations of national and collective identity, focusing on Freemasonry and popular religiosity in Venezuela and Cuba. She has also been working on the artistic work and political vision of several popular painters in Venezuela.