Graduate Faculty

Haugerud, Angelique


Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1984

Research Interests

Political and economic anthropology, cultural politics, political satire, globalization, social movements, democracy, politics of development, land tenure, research methods; Africa, U.S.

Biographical Notes

Angelique Haugerud has served as editor-in-chief of two scholarly journals: American Ethnologist (2011-2015) and Africa Today (1996-1999). She has conducted extensive field research in East Africa and the United States and has received fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, American Philosophical Society, and Rockefeller Foundation. Her scholarship addresses the cultural politics of wealth inequality, satirical political activism, economic neoliberalism, critical development studies, land tenure, globalization, and social movements. She is the author of the book No Billionaire Left Behind: Satirical Activism in America (Stanford University Press, 2013); coeditor (with Marc Edelman) of The Anthropology of Development and Globalization: From Classical Political Economy to Contemporary Neoliberalism (Wiley Blackwell, 2005), coeditor (with M. Priscilla Stone and Peter D. Little) of Commodities and Globalization: Anthropological Perspectives (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), author of The Culture of Politics in Modern Kenya (Cambridge University Press, 1995), and coproducer (with Joe Locarro) of a short documentary film, No Billionaire Left Behind (2013, available free on Vimeo). In addition to her scholarly articles, Haugerud has contributed pieces on political satire and wealth inequality to the Huffington Post and Stanford University Press blog, and she has been interviewed about both Kenyan politics and her U.S. scholarship on National Public Radio (New York City and Philadelphia). She has been elected to the executive boards of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, Society for Economic Anthropology, the American Anthropological Association’s General Anthropology Division, and the African Studies Association.

In addition to writing about contemporary U.S. political culture, Haugerud continues long-term research in Kenya, focusing on the cultural politics of wealth inequality as revealed in part through family histories, multi-generational patterns of economic mobility, the cultural economy and micropolitical economy of migrants’ urban lives and their return stays in rural locales, and in moral sentiments expressed among family and friends as well as in the public sphere. Multiple ethnographic research stays in Kenya after she completed her first book on that country afford her the unusual opportunity to monitor social change through repeated visits with the same families in a study that now spans town and countryside and that has become transnational and richly multi-generational.

Selected Publications

Former Editor-in-Chief, American Ethnologist, July 2011-2015.

National Public Radio (NPR) interview (available as podcast):
Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC, March 15, 2016 -- "Primary Emotions: How Frustration Generates Satire and Political Protest." Dr. Haugerud talks about her book, No Billionaire Left Behind: Satirical Activism in America and what her research reveals about protests and the 2016 election cycle.

Documentary Film: No Billionaire Left Behind (28 minutes), available free on Vimeo.


No Billionaire Left Behind: Satirical Activism in America.  Stanford University Press,

Book Description (from Stanford University Press website):

Growing economic inequality, corporate influence in politics, an eroding middle class. Many Americans leave it to politicians and the media to debate these topics in the public sphere. Yet other seemingly ordinary Americans have decided to enter the conversation of wealth in America by donning ball gowns, tiaras, tuxedos, and top hats and taking on the imagined roles of wealthy, powerful, and completely fictional characters. Why? In No Billionaire Left Behind, Angelique Haugerud, who embedded herself within the "Billionaires" and was granted the name "Ivana Itall," explores the inner workings of these faux billionaires and mines the depths of democracy's relationship to political humor, satire, and irony.

No Billionaire Left Behind is a compelling investigation into how satirical activists tackle two of the most contentious topics in contemporary American political culture: the increasingly profound division of wealth in America, and the role of big money in electoral politics. Anthropologist and author Angelique Haugerud deftly charts the evolution of a group named the Billionaires—a prominent network of satirists and activists who make a mockery of wealth in America—along with other satirical groups and figures to puzzle out their impact on politics and public opinion. In the spirit of popular programs like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, the Billionaires demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of economics and public affairs through the lens of satire and humor. Through participant observation, interviews, and archival research, Haugerud provides the first ethnographic study of the power and limitations of this evolving form of political organizing in this witty exploration of one group's efforts to raise hope and inspire action in America's current political climate.

Advance Reviews of No Billionaire Left Behind:

"In this pathbreaking book Angelique Haugerud presents a highly original account of novel forms of activism and engagement that seek to redefine the parameters of the political. It is difficult to imagine a more important or timely contribution to the comparative study of politics."—David Nugent, Emory University

"This brilliant study of the 'Billionaires for Bush' explains how and why irony has become such a powerful vehicle of political sincerity in the age of neoliberal monology. Whether or not one believes that satire is capable of reopening the terms of political discourse in the West by itself, we would all do well to heed Haugerud's persuasive argument that parody has potential to 'defamiliarize the familiar' by surfacing and inverting our conventions of understanding the world. Activists like the Billionaires have generated political effects, she shows us, by occupying the language of power."—Dominic Boyer, Rice University

"Angelique Haugerud's accessible and engaging book is important reading for anyone interested in the optimism of political satire, the hope that motivates activism, the clarity of critique, and the beauty of great ethnography. In No Billionaire Left Behind, Haugerud deftly combines economic anthropology, activism, performance, and the literature from news and journalism to build her powerful portrait of what The Billionaires are trying to accomplish and why."—Catherine Besteman, Colby College

"This hilarious book addresses today's most pressing issues—social justice, skewed distributions of wealth and income, movements for change—and brilliantly reveals how whacky activists challenge the establishment and overly serious protest movements. Haugerud's book is a welcome addition to the appallingly dry corpus of much social movement scholarship."—Marc Edelman, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center

haugerudanthofdevt1In Blackwell Publishers series, Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology: Anthropology of Development and Globalization: From Classical Political Economy to Contemporary Neoliberalism, Marc Edelman and Angelique Haugerud, editors, 2005. From the back cover of The Anthropology of Development and Globalization (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, November 2004): "Anthropology is nothing unless also concerned with contemporary social and political questions. Edelman and Haugerud's set of readings and wide-ranging, authoritative introduction will be indispensable to scholars and practitioners alike." --Ralph Grillo, University of Sussex "Enhanced by the editors' knowledgeable introduction, which draws attention to anthropology's silences as well as engagements with classical and contemporary political economy, this comprehensive anthology will be of great value to scholars, students, and practitioners." --Sara Berry, Johns Hopkins University Development - is it a powerful vision of a better life for the half of the world's population who subsist on two dollars a day? Or is it a failed Enlightenment legacy, an oppressive "master narrative"? Such questions inspire a field newly animated by theories of globalization, modernity, cultural hybridity, and transnationalism. The Anthropology of Development and Globalization is a collection of readings that provides an unprecedented overview of this field that ranges from its classical origins to today's debates about the "magic" of the free market. The volume is framed by an encyclopedic introduction that will prove indispensable to students and experts alike. Subsequent readings range from classics by Weber and Marx and Engels to contemporary works on the politics of development knowledge, consumption, environment, gender, international NGO networks, the International Monetary Fund, campaigns t o reform the World Bank, the collapse of socialism, and the limits of "post-developmentalism." Explicitly designed for teaching, The Anthropology of Development and Globalization fills a crucial gap; no available text so richly mingles historical, cultural, political, and economic perspectives on development and globalization, and none captures such a wide variety of theoretical approaches and topics as does this exciting collection. Ordering Information available from Blackwell Publishing

haugerudcultureofpoliticsThe Culture of Politics in Modern Kenya (Cambridge University Press, 1995). From the back cover of The Culture of Politics in Modern Kenya: "An exceptionally rare and powerful combination of analytical sophistication joined to a scrupulous, historically-grounded account of politics, social practice, and material life."
--James C. Scott, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science, Yale University "A model of clarity... Only rarely is anthropological knowledge as skillfully grounded in transdisciplinary theory."
--Joan Vincent, American Anthropologist "Enormously innovative and important study of Kenyan politics combining anthropology, history and political economy to produce a suggestive and often orginal account of the relationship between state and society, high and deep politics, political culture and institutions, and the accumulation of wealth and poverty...This is a book that should stimulate discussion and further research in Kenya and elsewhere."
--Bruce Berman, Journal of African History


Commodities and Globalization explores topics such as how an object is transformed from curiosity or rare luxury to common necessity; the cultural categories and political and economic relationships embodied in commodities; and the effeLcts of global capital in agricultural commodity chains. This volume contributes to a globalization literature that had often been less attentive to the particular circumstances of the farmers, herders, popular musicians, artists, traders, and others whose activities power global flows.


2012 "Satire and Dissent in the Age of Billionaires." Social Research: An International Quarterly, vol. 79. no.1, spring 2012. Special Issue on Politics and Comedy.

2012 "Watching The Daily Show in Kenya." Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, vol. 19, no. 2. Co-authored with Dillon J. Mahoney and Meghan Ference.

2012 "Humor and Occupy Wall Street." Cultural Anthropology, Hot Spots: Occupy, Anthropology, and the 2011 Global Uprisings.

2010 "Neoliberalism, Satirical Protest, and the 2004 U.S. Presidential Campaign." In Ethnographies of Neoliberalism, Carol J. Greenhouse, ed.   University of Pennsylvania Press. 

2005 "'Leave No Billionaire Behind': Political Dissent as Performance Parody." Princeton Report on Knowledge, vol. 1, no. 1.

2005 Globalization and Thomas Friedman. In Why America's Top Pundits Are Wrong, Catherine Besteman and Hugh Gusterson, eds., pp. 102-120. Berkeley: University of California Press. For more information on this book, see

2004 "The Art of Protest," Anthropology News, vol. 45, no. 8 (November).

2004 Development. In A Companion to the Anthropology of Politics, David Nugent and Joan Vincent, eds., pp. 86-106. Oxford: Blackwell. Click here for a list of contributors to this volume, editorial reviews by Marshall Sahlins and Michael Burawoy, and ordering information. Click here for a list of contributors to this volume, editorial reviews by Marshall Sahlins and Michael Burawoy, and publication information.

2003 "Rethinking Boundaries," pp. 315-328, in Regional Modernities: The Cultural Politics of Development in India, K. Sivaramakrishnan and Arun Agrawal, editors. Stanford University Press.

2003 "The Disappearing Local: Rethinking Global-Local Connections," pp. 60-81, in Localizing Knowledge in a Globalizing World: Recasting the Area Studies Debates, Ali Mirsepassi, Amrita Basu, and Frederick Weaver, editors. Syracuse University Press.


Haugerud's National Public Radio Interview on Kenya's 2008 post-election crisis, January 16, 2008, WHYY, Philadelphia. "Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane." "Kenya: Spaces of Hope," by Angelique Haugerud, January 23, 2008, London:

Courses Offered

Spring 2013 

Research Design and Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Fall 2012 

Wealth and Culture

Spring 2010 

Culture, Wealth and Power in Africa
Anthropology of Development