Stuart Earle Strange

Social Sciences (Anthropology)

Assistant Professor


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Originally from Virginia, USA, Assistant Professor Stuart Earle Strange received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2016. He has lived and done research all over the world and received grants from the US National Science Foundation, the Wenner Gren Foundation, and the Social Sciences Research Foundation. His book, Suspect Others: Spirit Mediums, Self-Knowledge and Race in Multi-ethnic Suriname will be published in 2021 with the University of Toronto Press.

Asst Prof Strange’s research examines the nexus of knowledge, interaction, and personhood, with an emphasis on the politics of revelation in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia and multispecies ethnography. He has conducted ethnographic research in Suriname, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Ghana and the United States. His current research explores the meanings and ethics of control in the interpretation of other minds in Singaporean popular religion and wildlife management.


2021 Suspect Others: Revelation, Race, and Self-Knowledge in Multiethnic Suriname. Toronto: University of Toronto Press

Single Authored Articles for Refereed Journals

2021 “Vengeful Animals, Involuntary Mourning, and the Ethics of Ndyuka Autonomy.” Cultural Anthropology 36(1): 138-165.

2019 “Indigenous Spirits, Pluralist Sovereignty, and the Aporia of Surinamese Hindu Belonging.” Ethnos 84(4): 642-659

2018 “It’s your Mother’s Family that Kills you: Responsibility and Evidence of Misfortune in the making of Ndyuka History.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 60(3): 1–30

2016 “The Dialogical Collective: Mediumship, Pain, and the Interactive Creation of Surinamese Maroon Subjectivity.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 22(3): 516-533

Co-Authored Articles for Refereed Journals

2019 Geoffrey Hughes, Megnaa Mehtta, Chiara Bresciani, and Stuart Strange. “Introduction: Ugly Emotions and the Politics of Accusation” Cambridge Anthropology 37(20): 1-20.

2018 (Rogério Brites Pires, Stuart Strange, and Marcelo Moura Mello) “The Bakru Speaks: Money-Making Demons and Racial Stereotypes in Multiethnic Suriname and Guyana.” New West India Guide 92(1-2):1–34.

Book Chapters

2019 “The Voice of Pain in Ndyuka Politics.” In Maroon Cosmopolitics: Personhood, Creativity and Incorporation. Olivia Maria Gomes da Cunha, editor. Leiden: Brill.

2018 “Hinduism in Suriname” in Handbook of Religion in Latin America, Henri Gooren, chief editor. New York: Springer

Book Reviews

2015 Review of The Cooking of History by Stephan Palmié in Comparative Studies in Society and History 57(1): 274-275

2011 Review of Travels with Tooy by Richard Price in Comparative Studies in Society and History 53(2): 442-443

African Atlantic Perspectives
Anarchy, Order, and Control
Religion, Ritual, and Magic
Ethnographic Methods
The Anthropology of Sleep and Dreams
Person, Subject, Self
Multispecies Ethnography