About Kamari

Kamari Maxine Clarke is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles. For more than twenty years, she has conducted research on issues related to legal institutions, human rights and international law, religious nationalism and the politics of race and globalization. She has spent her career exploring theoretical questions concerning culture and power and detailing the relationship between new social formations and contemporary problems. One of her key contributions to the various disciplines that she inhabits has been to demonstrate ethnographically the ways that religious and legal knowledge regimes produce practices that travel globally. In addition to her scholarly work, from 2014 – 2019 she served as technical advisor to the African Union (AU) legal counsel and produced policy reports to help the AU navigate various international law and United Nations challenges. Clarke has published over 50 peer-refereed journal articles in leading journals and book chapters and has co-edited seven books. She is the author of Fictions of Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge, 2010), and Mapping Yorùbá Networks: Power and Agency in the Making of Transnational Communities (Duke, 2004). She is also the recipient of the 2019 Royal Anthropological Institute’s Amaury Talbot Book Prize, as well as the 2019 finalist for the Elliot Skinner book award for her latest book, Affective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist Push-back (Duke, 2019).