Casey Golomski

Program Coordinator of 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, medicine, and gender across the life course and cross-culturally. Funded by three Fulbright Fellowships and the Wenner Gren, Reed, and Mellon Foundations, his research and creative writing has been published in journals like Medical Anthropology, Material Religion, Transforming Anthropology, Africa, and American Ethnologist, and the book Funeral Culture: AIDS, Work and Cultural Change in an African Kingdom (Indiana University Press). From the American Anthropological Association, he was the recipient of the Carrie Hunter Tate Award and the Society for Humanistic Anthropology Poetry First Prize. As an invited speaker, he has given talks at Emory, Tufts, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Wisconsin, and Michigan State and the Universities of Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has 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
  • Death and Dying, Behavioral/Social
  • Gender studies
  • Global Health
  • Medical humanities
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociocultural anthropology

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 680: Africana Religions
  • ANTH 685: Gendr, Sex, HIV Sub-Sahara Afr
  • ANTH 695: Global Population & Health
  • ANTH 699H: Honors Senior Thesis
  • ANTH 700: Internship
  • ANTH 796: Reading and Research

Selected Publications

Golomski, C. (2020). Countermythologies: Queering Lives in a Southern African Gay and Lesbian Pentecostal Church. TRANSFORMING ANTHROPOLOGY, 28(2), 155-168. doi:10.1111/traa.12180

Golomski, C. (2020). Society for Humanistic Anthropology 2019 Writing Awards. Anthropology and Humanism, 45(1), 139-141. doi:10.1111/anhu.12277

Golomski, C. (2020). Greying mutuality: race and joking relations in a South African nursing home. AFRICA, 90(2), 273-292. doi:10.1017/S0001972019001049

Golomski, C., & Dlamini, G. S. (2020). Beautiful Blessings: LGBTIQA Christians’ Reproductive and Parenting Aspirations.. In N. Mkhwanazi, & L. Manderson (Eds.), Connected Lives: Households, Families, Health, and Care in Contemporary South Africa. (pp. 38-44). Cape Town: Human Sciences Research Council Press. Retrieved from

Golomski, C. (2020). "Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery": Dying in South African Frail Care. ANTHROPOLOGY & AGING, 41(2), 9-23. doi:10.5195/aa.2020.243

Golomski, C. (2019). Interrogating traditionalism: gender and Swazi Culture in HIV/AIDS policy. “50 Years of Swazi Independence” issue, V. Laterza, N.C. Dlamini, and N. Mkhwanazi, eds. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 1-16. doi:10.1080/02589001.2019.1701184

Golomski, C. (2019). Thumb War. Anthropology and Humanism 44(2): 194-197. Retrieved from

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

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. (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. (2017). Authority. MEDICAL HUMANITIES, 43(3), 206. doi:10.1136/medhum-2017-011194

Golomski, C. (2017). “My Mother Got Annoyed”i. Annals of Global Health, 83(2), 405. doi:10.1016/j.aogh.2017.03.002

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). Game Walk at Pilanesberg. Anthropology and Humanism, 41(2), 216-217. doi:10.1111/anhu.12131

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). Outliving love: marital estrangement in an African insurance market. SOCIAL DYNAMICS-A JOURNAL OF AFRICAN STUDIES, 42(2), 304-320. doi:10.1080/02533952.2016.1197510

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. (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. AJAR-AFRICAN JOURNAL OF AIDS RESEARCH, 13(4), 351-359. doi:10.2989/16085906.2014.961942