Charles V. Carnegie

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Professor Emeritus



31 Frye Street, Room 207


31 Frye Street, Room 207


B.A. Cornell University; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins

Charles V. Carnegie’s work has focused on identity categories and issues of nationalism and transnationalism. He is the author of Postnationalism Prefigured: Caribbean Borderlands (Rutgers University Press, 2002), co-editor with Samuel Martinez of “Crossing Borders of Language and Culture,” a theme issue of Small Axe (No. 19, 2006), and editor of Afro-Caribbean Villages in Historical Perspective (African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica, 1987). He is currently working on two research projects: the first of which, “The Making and Unmaking of Jamaican Civil Society: The Problem of the Social,” centers on the beginnings of social science research in the Caribbean in the 1940s & 50s and local NGO-led community development efforts during these late-colonial decades. The other project, “Kingston Space, Kingston Time,” looks at the cultural politics of contemporary Kingston, Jamaica, and prospects for community renewal. Professor Carnegie has led several study abroad programs in Jamaica, and in 2012 taught jointly with Professor Matthew Pettway in Spanish, a Bates Short Term in Havana, Cuba. Most recently, in 2015, fourteen students enrolled in the course “Place, Community, Transformation,” spent a month doing ethnographic research under his guidance in various underserved neighborhoods in Kingston to consider the feasibility of grassroots green and public space development to help bring communities in this deeply divided city together.


  • Anth 232: Ethnicity, Nation(ness), and World Community
  • FYS 242: Blackness (& Whiteness) in the Social Imagination
  • INDS 251: Imagining the Caribbean
  • Anth 333: Culture and Interpretation