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Michael Ralph

Michael Ralph

Associate Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Metropolitan Studies; Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis , Africana Studies , American Studies ; Director, Metropolitan Studies

Ph.D. 2007 (Anthropology), University of Chicago; M.A. 2002 (Anthropology), University of Chicago; B.A. 2000 (Africana Studies) Morris Brown College.

Office Address: 

20 Cooper Square, 434 NY, NY 10003


(347) 556-5271


(212) 995-4665

Personal Homepage:

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Citizenship, Sovereignty, Risk, Liability, Urban Youth Culture, Diaspora, Postcolonialism


Forensics of Capital: Risk and Liability, Citizenship and Sovereignty, in Senegal (Forthcoming).

Benjamin Eastman, Michael Ralph, and Sean Brown, eds.  2008.  America’s Game(s): A

Critical Anthropology of Sport.  London: Routledge.



Michael Ralph, ed. 2011. 'The Security of Justice.' Introduction to "Law & Order, Crime & Capital in the 19th-21st century U.S." Special issue of Souls.

Michael Ralph. 2009. 'Barack Obama is (not) who you think he is.' The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture. 2(2): 76-77.

Michael Ralph.  2009.  ‘Commodity.’  Social Text 100 27(3): 78-84.

Michael Ralph.  2009.  ‘Diaspora.’  Social Text 100 27(3): 94-101.

Michael Ralph.  2009.  ‘Hip hop.’  Social Text 100 27(3): 141-146.

Michael Ralph.  2009.  'Barack Obama is (not) who you think he is.'  The Sixties: A

Journal of History, Politics, and Culture. 2(2): 76-77. 


Michael Ralph.  2009.  “Thief’s Theme.”  South Atlantic Quarterly 108(8): 541-562.


Michael Ralph.  2009.  “‘It’s hard out here for a pimp…with…a whole lot of bitches jumpin’ ship’: Navigating black politics in the wake of Katrina.”  Public Culture 21(2): 341-374.


Michael Ralph.  2008.  “Killing time.”  Social Text 26(4): 1-29.


Michael Ralph.  2007.  ‘“Crimes of History”: Senegalese Soccer and the Forensics of

Slavery.’  Souls 9(3): 193-222. 


Michael Ralph.  2007.  ‘Prototype: In Search of the Perfect Senegalese Basketball

Physique.’  The International Journal of the History of Sport 24(2): 311-316.


Michael Ralph.  2007.  ‘Epilogue: It was all a dream.’ The International Journal of the

History of Sport 24(2): 238-263.


Michael Ralph.  2006.  ‘“Flirt[ing] with death but “still alive”: The sexual dimensions of

surplus time in hip hop fantasy.’  Cultural Dynamics 18(1): 61-88.


Michael Ralph.  2006.  ‘“Le Sénégal qui Gagne”: Soccer and the Stakes of Neoliberalism

in a Postcolonial Port.’  Soccer and Society 7(2-3): 300-317.


Michael Ralph.  2005.  ‘Oppressive Impressions, Architectural Expressions: The poetics

of French colonial (ad)vantage, regarding Africa.’  In African Urban Spaces in Historical Perspective.  Steve Salm and Toyin Falola, eds.  Univ. of Rochester Press, pp. 22-48.


Michael Ralph.  2005.  Review of Wilson J. Moses’ Afrotopia, Transforming

Anthropology 13(2): 166-68.

Updated on 08/10/2015