Matthew C. Watson

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • on leave spring 2023
Matthew C. Watson

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Matthew C. Watson works at the nexus of the anthropology of science and the history of anthropology. His publications have explored the artistic, spiritual, and scientific bases of Maya hieroglyphic decipherment. This research raises questions concerning spirits and cosmology, language ideology, secularism, empire, the politics of science, and ethnographic form. Watson teaches courses on anthropological theory, linguistic anthropology, science studies, the anthropology of religion, and ethnographic writing


  • Ph.D., M.A., University of Florida
  • B.A., Grinnell College

Recent Publications

Watson, M. C. (2020). Afterlives of affect: Science, religion, and an edgewalker's spirit. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

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