Lauren Coyle Rosen

Assistant Professor
On Sabbatical for 2017-18
(609) 258-8856
Office Location: 
121 Aaron Burr Hall

On academic leave

Teaching (Spring 2017)
The Ethnographer's Craft (ANT 301A & ANT 301B)


Ph.D. University of Chicago, Anthro. (2014)
J.D., Harvard Law School (2008)

Rosen's research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of legal and political anthropology, critical theory, historical ethnography, epistemology, spirituality, subjectivity, psychoanalysis, capitalism, and symbolic power. Her geographical focus is on Ghana and, more broadly, on Africa at large.

short bio
Rosen is working on a book titled Fires of Gold: Law, Land, and Sacrificial Labor in Ghana, an ethnography of the often hidden violence and cultural transformation in the penumbra of Ghana's gold mining -- a signal sovereign dilemma and "poisoned chalice" for postcolonial Africa. She is also at work on a second book titled Law in Light: Truth, Temporality, and Ritual Power in Africa, a comparative anthropological study of the experiential and philosophical dimensions of ritual subjectivity and veracity. Rosen's research has been supported by fellowships from several sources, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, American Philosophical Society, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Lincoln Institute, Some Institutes for Advanced Study (SIAS), Institute for Global Law and Policy, and Program on the Study of Capitalism at Harvard. Rosen's recent work has appeared in Telos, Transition, and Rethinking Marxism, as well as in an edited volume, Corporate Social Responsibility? Human Rights in the New Global Economy (University of Chicago Press).

Rosen currently serves as Associate Departmental Representative for the Department of Anthropology and as a Faculty Fellow for the Fung Global Fellows Program. She also sits on the executive committee of the Program in African Studies at Princeton.