Julie Skurski earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1993 and came to the Graduate Center in January 2009 from the University of Michigan, where she taught in the departments of anthropology and history, and served as associate director of the doctoral program in anthropology and history. 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 (2005), coedited with Fernando Coronil, and Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge, Questioning Discipline (2011), coedited with Coronil and others.
Skurski is now at work on “Civilizing Barbarism: Nationhood, Masculinity, and Mestizaje in Early Twentieth-Century Venezuela.” At the same time, 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. Skurski is a member of the editorial board of the “Politics, History, Culture” book series published by Duke University Press, and is a fellow of the Bildner Center at CUNY.