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Vivian Chenxue Lu

Sociology Professor

Assistant Professor of Anthropology (at Lincoln Center)
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Office: Lowenstein Hall 923A


B.A. Columbia University

Ph.D. Stanford University

Areas of Interest

Anthropology of capitalism, diaspora, migration, nationalism and secession, race, ethnicity, kinship and gender, Nigeria, Africa-China Studies, south-south globalization


I am a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on capitalism and diasporic mobilizations amongst the Global South. My first book project focuses on the extensive migratory circulations of Nigerian traders amongst contemporary trade sites across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Drawing from academic genealogies in the anthropology of capitalism, critical race studies, and postcolonial African studies, my work examines how transnational south-south diasporic formations have transformed Nigerian social imaginaries and discourses of postcolonial political and economic sovereignty.

My research and writing have been supported by multiple sources, including the National Science Foundation and the Wenner Gren Foundation. Before coming to Fordham, I was previously a race and ethnicity studies graduate fellow at Stanford University, a visiting PhD student at the University of Lagos, and an African Studies postdoctoral associate at Yale University. I am currently involved in the Association for Feminist Anthropology and the Lagos Studies Association, and I am broadly interested in the politics of knowledge production in African Studies, Africa-China Studies, and cultural anthropology.


What is the Global South? Africa in the World

Buying Black: Race, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Sovereignty in the USA

African Migration and Diaspora

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology of Capitalism