Dr. Paul Stoller – West Chester University

​Paul Stoller has been conducting anthropological research for more than 30 years. His early work concerned the religion of the Songhay people who live in the Republics of Niger and Mali in West Africa. Since 1992, Stoller has pursued studies of West African immigrants in New York City. Those studies have concerned such topics as the cultural dynamics of informal market economies and the politics of immigration. This extensive record of research has led Stoller read and think deeply about the anthropology of religion, visual anthropology, the anthropology of senses and economic anthropology. Stoller’s work has resulted in the publication of 15 books, including ethnographies, biographies, memoirs as well as three novels. He has been an NEH Fellow as well as a Residential Fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has also been a two-time NSF Grantee, three-time Wenner-Gren Foundation Grantee, and a Fulbright-Hays Research Fellow. In 1994 he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. In 2002, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) named him the recipient of the Robert B Textor Award for Excellence in Anthropology. In 2013 Carl XI Gustav, King of Sweden, awarded him the Anders Retzius Gold Medal in recognition of his scientific contribution to anthropology. In 2015 the AAA awarded him the Anthropology in Media Award (AIME) in recognition of his longstanding Huffington Post blog that brings to the general public an anthropological perspective on politics, higher education, culture and media. He now writes a regular blog on the anthropology of wellbeing for Psychology Today. His most recent book is Adventures in Blogging: Public Anthropology and Popular Media (2018).