Sean T. Mitchell

Sean T. Mitchell


seantm [at]



Office Location

Hill Hall 631 

I am a sociocultural anthropologist. My ethnographically-based work focuses on the politics of inequality, particularly in Brazil. I've written about space travel, the formation of political consciousness, comparative class and race politics, US empire, war and violence, the politics of anti-corruption, utopia, and other related (and seemingly unrelated) topics. The thread that runs through all my work is the attempt to understand how and why people conceptualize and act upon inequality in ways that change historically. 

Courses Taught

  • Economic Anthropology
  • Anthropological Theory and Methods
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
  • Anthropology of Inequality
  • Urban Ethnography
  • Anthropology Seminar: Political Anthropology
  • Graduate Seminar: Ethnographic Methods
  • Graduate Seminar: Contemporary Social Theory
  • Graduate Seminar: Urban Theory and the Contemporary City
  • Graduate Seminar: Peace, Conflict, Security and Development
  • Honors Seminar: Anthropology and Politics
  • Honors Seminar: Technology, Politics, and Society
  • Honors Seminar: Inequality, Race, and Politics in Brazil: Ethnographic Studies and Comparisons with the US


Selected Recent Awards


Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Chicago.
B.A. Philosophy, Rutgers University.



Edited Journal Issues

Articles and Chapters

Review Essays


Selected Other Publications

Selected Lectures, Interviews, and Media Appearances

Associated Programs

  • Director, Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies.
  • Core faculty member, Graduate Program in Global Urban Studies.
  • Affiliate faculty member, Department of African American and African Studies.
  • Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights.
  • International Institute for Peace.