Casey Golomski

Program Faculty in Africana and African American Studies
Phone: (603) 862-1864
Office: Anthropology, Huddleston Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Casey Golomski

Casey Golomski is a cultural and medical anthropologist and Africanist with strong interests in the humanities, exploring religion, gender and medicine across the human life course and cross-culturally. He is the author of articles, essays, and poetry in journals like Medical Anthropology, Material Religion, Anthropology and Humanism, Africa, and American Ethnologist, and the book Funeral Culture: AIDS, Work and Cultural Change in an African Kingdom (Indiana University Press). He has given invited talks for NedBank and Emory, Yale, Louisiana State, Tufts, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Portland State, and Michigan State universities; consulted for UNICEF; is an associate editor for the African Journal of AIDS Research; and is a board member for the Northeastern Workshops on Southern Africa (NEWSA) and Seacoast African American Cultural Center (SAACC). He is happy to advise and consult for interested students and organizations.


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Brandeis University
  • B.A., Sociology, Saint Norbert College

Research Interests

  • African Languages/Literature
  • Aging and life course
  • Cultural/Social Anthropology
  • Death and Dying, Behavioral/Social
  • Gender studies
  • Global Health
  • Religious Studies

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 411: Global Perspectives:Intro Anth
  • ANTH 500: Peoples & Cultures/Sub Saharan
  • ANTH 525: The Body: Fat, Fitness & Form
  • ANTH 610: Medical Anth:Illness & Healing
  • ANTH 685: Gendr, Sex, HIV Sub-Sahara Afr
  • ANTH 695: Global Population & Health
  • ANTH 700: Internship
  • ANTH 796: Reading and Research

Selected Publications

Golomski, C. (2018). Funeral Culture AIDS, Work, and Cultural Change in an African Kingdom.. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Golomski, C. (2018). Elder Care and Private Health Insurance in South Africa: The Pathos of Race-Class. Medical Anthropology, 37(4), 311-326. doi:10.1080/01459740.2017.1417279

Golomski, C. (2018). Work of a Nation: Christian Funerary Ecumenism and Institutional Disruption in Swaziland. Journal of Southern African Studies, 44(2), 299-314. doi:10.1080/03057070.2018.1421443

Golomski, C., & Nyawo, S. (2017). Christians’ cut: popular religion and the global health campaign for medical male circumcision in Swaziland. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 19(8), 844-858. doi:10.1080/13691058.2016.1267409

Golomski, C. (2016). Religion and Migration: Cases for a Global Material Ethics. African Studies, 75(3), 449-462. doi:10.1080/00020184.2016.1193379

Golomski, C. (2016). Risk, Mistake, and Generational Contest in Bodily Rituals of Swazi Jerikho Zionism. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 31(3), 351-364. doi:10.1080/13537903.2016.1206247

Golomski, C. (2016). Outliving love: marital estrangement in an African insurance market. Social Dynamics, 42(2), 304-320. doi:10.1080/02533952.2016.1197510

Golomski, C. (2015). Urban cemeteries in Swaziland: materialising dignity. Anthropology Southern Africa, 38(3-4), 360-371. doi:10.1080/23323256.2015.1087322

Golomski, C. (2015). Wearing Memories: Clothing and the Global Lives of Mourning in Swaziland. Material Religion, 11(3), 303-327. doi:10.1080/17432200.2015.1082719

GOLOMSKI, C. (2015). Compassion technology: Life insurance and the remaking of kinship in Swaziland's age of HIV. American Ethnologist, 42(1), 81-96. doi:10.1111/amet.12117

Golomski, C. (2014). Generational inversions: ‘working’ for social reproduction amid HIV in Swaziland. African Journal of AIDS Research, 13(4), 351-359. doi:10.2989/16085906.2014.961942