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Richard Price

Professor Emeritus

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Richard Price joined the William & Mary faculty in 1994.  Previously, he served as founding chair of the Department of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University and General Editor of JHU Press' Studies in Atlantic Historyand Culture, and has taught at Yale, Minnesota, Stanford, Florida, Illinois, the Federal University of Bahia, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and the University of Paris.  His research interests span Afro-America, from Brazil through the Caribbean to the United States, and he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on resistance to slavery, on ethnography, and on ethnographic history.  His many books include First-Time: The Historical Vision of an Afro-American People (winner of the Elsie Clews Parson Prize of the American Folklore Society) and Alabi's World (winner of the J. I. Staley Prize in Anthropology, the Albert J. Beveridge Award ofthe American Historical Association, and the Gordon K. Lewis Memorial Prize of the Caribbean Studies Association). His latest book isThe Convict and the Colonel, a story of colonialism, resistance,and memory in the Caribbean, published by Beacon Press in 1998. With Sally Price, he has written, among other books, Enigma Variations: A Novel (Harvard University Press, 1995), a mystery about forgery in the ethnographic art market, Maroon Arts: Cultural Vitality in the African Diaspora (Beacon Press, 1999), Les Marrons (Vents d'ailleurs, 2003), and The Root of Roots: Or, How Afro-American Anthropology Got Its Start (Prickly Paradigm Press, 2003). Romare Bearden: The Caribbean Dimension, by Sally Price and Richard Price, will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in spring 2006.


First-Time (1983, 2002—winner of the Elsie Clews Parsons Prize from the American Folklore Society

Alabi’s World (1990—winner of the American Historical Association's Albert J. Beveridge Award, the Gordon K. Lewis Memorial Award for Caribbean Scholarship, and the J. I. Staley Prize in Anthropology

The Birth of African-American Culture (with Sidney W. Mintz) (1992)

The Convict and the Colonel (1998, 2006)

Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination (University of Chicago Press (2008)—winner of the 2008 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, the 2009 Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Memorial Award for Caribbean Scholarship, and the 2009 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion

Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights on Trial (2012—winner of the 2012 Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association in the field of Human Rights and the 2012 Senior Book Prize of the American Ethnological Society

Inside/Outside: Adventures in Caribbean History and Anthropology (2022)

And, with Sally Price:

Afro-American Arts of the Suriname Rain Forest (1980)

John Gabriel Stedman's Narrative of a Five Years Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam. Newly Transcribed from the Original 1790 Manuscript, Edited, and with an Introduction and Notes (1988)

Two Evenings in Saramaka (1991)

Equatoria (1992)

On the Mall (1992)

Enigma Variations (1995)

Maroon Arts: Cultural Vitality in the African Diaspora (1999)

The Root of Roots: Or, How Afro-American Anthropology Got Its Start (2003)

Romare Bearden: The Caribbean Dimension (2006)

Saamaka Dreaming (2017)

Maroons in Guyane: Past, Present, Future (2022)