Affiliated Institutions

University of North Carolina

Karla Slocum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Institute of African American Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. A Caribbeanist and North Americanist, her research interests concern globalization, place, rurality, racial identity, and the role of race and history in community identity.

Areas of Research

globalization, race, place


2006 Free Trade and Freedom: Neoliberalism, Place, and Nation in the Caribbean. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press

2007 Caribbeanist Anthropologies at the Crossroads: Revisiting Themes, Revising Concepts. Co-edited special issue (with Deborah Thomas) Identities: Global Studies in Power and Culture. Vol.14, No. 1.

2008 “Caribbean Studies, Anthropology, and U.S. Academic Realignments.” (co-authored with Deborah Thomas) Souls: A Critical

2003 “Rethinking Global and Area Studies: Insights from Caribbeanist Anthropology.” American Anthropologist 105(3): 553-565. (co-authored with Deborah Thomas)

2001 “Negotiating Identity and Black Feminist Politics in Caribbean Research.” In: Black Feminist Anthropology: Theory, Praxis, Poetics, and Politics. Irma McClaurin, editor, pp. 126-149. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.


United States

Memory and Mobility: Place, Race and Remembrance in Black Town America

My current project examines race ,history and place identity among rural locales known as historic "All Black Towns." It explores hows discourses on race, history and community are narrated, mobilized, and negotiated in the process of redefining post-civil rights era black towns.