Degrees: B.A., Political Science-International Relations (Concordia)
M.A., Anthropology (New School for Social Research)
M.S.L, Law (Yale)
Ph.D., Anthropology (University of California-Santa Cruz)
Kamari Maxine Clarke is a Professor at Carleton University in Global and International Studies. Her research spans issues related to the rise of the rule of law movement, international courts and tribunals, the export, spread and re-contextualization of international norms, secularism and religious transnationalism, The United Nations and African Union treaty negotiations, and Africa’s insertion into international law circuits. By exploring the increasing judicialization of politics in international criminal law circuits, her work explores the implications for rethinking culture, power, and justice in the contemporary period. She works on theories of legal pluralism, law, aesthetics and politics, and social and political theory.
Trained in Canada and the US, and formerly a professor at Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Clarke has taught multiple generations of students in anthropology, law, politics, the humanities, and social sciences. She has conducted field studies in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, The US-South and has worked on institutional studies of the International Criminal Court and the African Union. Professor Clarke has served as an expert advisor to the African Union and through research funding with the Open Society Initiative and collaborators with the Pan African Lawyer’s Union (PALU) and the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) she is currently collaborating with Charles Jalloh on a research project and publication concerning The African Union’s expansion of the criminal jurisdiction of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights.
Professor Clarke is currently completing a book on the ICC-rule of law and social movement campaigns and their affective resonances and limits. She is the author of over forty books and articles and has held numerous prestigious fellowships, grants and awards – a two-year President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, a Social Sciences and the Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) fellowship, research funds from the Ford Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, National Science Foundation (NSF), and in her leadership capacity at Yale University as the director of the African Studies Council she secured a four-year 1.5 million United States Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grant.
Single Authored Books:
2018. Forthcoming. Affective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Stories Left Behind. Durham, NC: Duke University Press
2009. Fictions of Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press.
2004. Mapping Yoruba Networks: Power and Agency in the Making of Transnational Communities. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
2018, Forthcoming. (edited, with Charles Jalloh). The African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights: A Compendium. Cambridge/London: Cambridge University Press.
2016. (edited, with Abel Knottnerous and Eefje de Volder). Africa and the ICC: Perceptions of Justice. Cambridge/London: Cambridge University Press.
2012. (edited, with Rebecca Hardin). Transforming Ethnographic Knowledge. Madison WI: University of Wisconsin Press.
2009. (edited, with Mark Goodale) Mirrors of Justice: Law and Power in the Post Cold War Era. New York: Cambridge University Press.
2006. (edited, with Deborah Thomas) Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness. Durham, NC: Duke University Press
Select Journal Articles:
2017. “Rethinking Sovereignty through Hashtag Politics: The New Body Politics.” Cultural Anthropology
2017. “Beyond Genealogies: Expertise and Religious Knowledge in Legal Cases Involving African Diasporic Publics.” Transforming Anthropology.
2015. “Refiguring the Perpetrator: Culpability, History and International Criminal Law’s Impunity Gap.” International Journal of Human Rights. 19(5): 592-614.
2015. “The Legal Politics of the Article 16 Decision: The International Criminal Court, The UN Security Council and Ontologies of a Contemporary Compromise” (with Sarah-Jane Koulen). African Journal of Legal Studies (AJLS). Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 297-319. Brill Nijhoff.
2013. “Notes on Cultural Citizenship in the Black Atlantic World.” Introduction. Cultural Anthropology 28 (3): 464-474.
2013. “Assemblages of Experts: The Caribbean Court of Justice and the Modernity of Caribbean Postcoloniality.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 17 (2): 88-107. No. 41
2013. with Deborah Thomas. “Globalization and Race: Structures of Inequality, New Sovereignties, and Citizenship in a Neoliberal Era.” Annual Review of Anthropology 42: 302-325.
2011. “The Rule of Law Through Its Economies of Appearances: The Making of the African Warlord.” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies Winter 18(1): 7-40.
2010. “The Politics of Faith and the Limits of Scientific Reason: Tracking the Anthropology of Human Rights and Religion.” Religion and Society: Advances in Research 1 (2010): 110–130.
2010. “Rethinking Africa through its Exclusions: The Politics of Naming Criminal Responsibility.” In Ethics of Scale: Relocating Politics After Liberation, Edited by Jesse Weaver Shipley. Anthropological Quarterly 83(3): 625–652.
2010. “Toward a Critically Engaged Ethnographic Practice.” Current Anthropology: A Journal of the Human Sciences. The Wenner Gren Foundation For Anthropological Research 51 (S2): S301-S312.
2010. “New Spheres of Transnational Formations: Mobilizations of Humanitarian Diasporas.” Transforming Anthropology 18(1): 48-65 & 66-79