Anthropology Department
Robert N. Samet

Robert Samet

Job Title
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Lamont House 306
Anthropology, American Studies, LACS

Research interests

Professor Samet specializes in media, urban violence, and the politics of security in Latin America. A legal and political anthropologist, he has been conducting fieldwork in Venezuela since 2006. His first research project was alongside crime journalists in Caracas. It is the subject of a book manuscript in progress Who’s Afraid of Caracas?: Sovereignty and Spectacles of Security in Venezuela. Currently, he is beginning a pair of new research projects. The first is on security as it relates to transnational immigration in and out of Venezuela. The second looks at the political economy of energy and electricity shortages in Venezuela, which is one of the world’s leading oil producing countries. His research interests also include social movements, democracy, sovereignty, colonialism, science studies, and critical race studies.

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Academic credentials

B.A., Duke University; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., Stanford University