Eric Montgomery

Eric Montgomery

Adjunct Professor (PTF)
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Peace and Conflict Studies
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Detroit, MI 48202
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Eric Montgomery

Eric J. Montgomery, Cultural Anthropologist

Eric J. Montgomery, Ph.D., is a Cultural Anthropologist who researches anthropology of religion, political economy, and globalization in Western Africa. The crux of his research is among the Ewe people of Ghana, Togo, and Benin in West Africa. Other research interests include activist anthropology, applied anthropology, peace and conflict studies, human rights, and global health.
He is co-Producer and Director of two films on Ewe religion and medicine: Chasing the Spirit (2012) and African Herbsmen (2013), both available on Amazon (see Baier, 2016). He is co-author of a new book “Ethnography of a Vodu Shrine in Southern Togo” with CN Vannier (BRILL Publishers: April 2017) and has authored many articles in anthropology. Recent research can be found in The Shaman, The Applied Anthropologist, Journal of Religion and Society, Journal of Africana Religions, Visual Anthropology, Journal of Ritual Studies, and more. Other work can be found at www.culturerealm.com.
Dr. Montgomery is Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology at Central Michigan University Global Campus. He is also faculty in the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies where he also works in the Center’s office. His teaching interests and experience include: globalization, ethnography, peace and conflict studies, anthropology of religion, American culture, American Politics, political-economy, international relations, and anything Africa.
Dr. Montgomery has taught multiple courses for the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Honors College, and Anthropology departments while at Wayne State University. This includes Ant 3520 Africa, City 1 and 2 (Honors), Political Science 1010; PCS 2000: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (online and on-site), PCS 6010: Introduction to Graduate Peace and Security Studies, and multiple PCS 2010/5100 (special topics) courses. Such special topics were taught both online and on-site and include the following topics: 1) Medicine, Conflict, and Culture in Contemporary Africa, 2) West African Politics and Culture, 3) African Conflicts, Medicine, and Rituals, 4) Global Public Health Policy and Conflict, 5) Non-violence, 6) Social Movements, 7) Critical Race Studies, and 8) Human Trafficking.

Currently Dr. Montgomery is teaching PCS 2020 Science, Technology, and War and PCS 2010 Global Health this Fall 2017!!
 

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Research Interest: Globalization, Anthropology of Religion, Social Justice, Africa, Vodu(n), Applied Anthropology, Peace and Conflict

     

Research

Recent Teaching and Research


My recent teaching experience expands the gamut of Anthropology. At the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, I act as an assistant director planning events, writing grants, and mentoring students and Visiting Scholars, I also teach courses in Global Health, Peacemaking, Conflict Resolution, Human Trafficking and African Medicine and Ritual. At College for Creative Studies, I have facilitated graduate courses in Business Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology. On occasion, I continue to teach Anthropology of Africa and Anthropology of Religion for the Anthropology department at Wayne State University as well. This Fall and Winter I am teaching Anthropology of Africa at Central Michigan University. From 2006-2014 I worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College and in the Anthropology department at Wayne State University in inner-city Detroit, while there, all classes included a service learning component and applied group projects. My teaching philosophy involves cultural relativity, holism, and the power of culture. Recently I have been modifying my pedagogical approach to involve: ethnography, service learning, cultural passports, flip videos, and community engagement. My courses range from cultural anthropology and ethnography at the undergraduate level to anthropology of design and global security at the graduate level. My research is on Ewes people of Ghana and Togo in West Africa with a focus on political-economy, ritual, and the anthropology of religion. Recently I directed two ethnographic films on Ewe culture and the past year I have published more than six articles in Anthropology, Africana Studies, and Religion journals. My colleague and I (CN Vannier) just finished a book from BRILL Press, Of Spirit, Slave and Sea: Ethnography of a Vodu Shrine in Southern Togo (2017). My new projects involve "Vodu as a peace movement", "The Culture and Peace Labs in Africa," and a new film called "Global Voodoo" spanning more than 40 years of footage from my home village in Togo. 
 

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • PhD, MA, BA

Awards and Grants

  • Honors and Awards

    2017 Wayne State Univeristy (PTF-Travel Award) Provost Office, Wayne State
    2016 Wayne State University (PTF-Conference Award) Provost Office, Wayne State 
    2016 Phi Beta Kappa “Mentor of the Year” (nominated by students); Wayne State University
    2016 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Grant (Flint Water Crisis)
    2015 Principal Investigator with Rotary Club in Liberia West Africa, Ebola prevention and Vitamin C therapy (ongoing).
    2014 February, “Professor of the Semester”, recognized by Wayne State Student Senate.
    2010-12 Presidents Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist, Wayne State University (3 times)
    2003–04 Thomas Rumble Award Fellow, Field research Ghana, Togo; West Africa (twice)
    2002-03 Aswad Award, Wayne State University, Anthropology Department
    2002-03 Global Education Scholarship, Wayne State University, Presidents Office
    1998 Co-Authored grant from UAW/AFL-CIO via Clean Water Action
    1993 United States Student Ambassador to Russia; People to People.(Moscow State Univ)
     

Selected Publications

2018  “Visual Voodoo: Photo-Voice and Participatory Filmmaking in Togo.” Visual Anthropology, [IN PRESS]

2018 "They Died in Blood: Morality and Identity in Ewe Gorovodu Performance." (IN PRESS) Journal of Ritual Studies: 1

2017 "Beyond Religious Tolernance" [Book Review] American Ethnologist, (August) (Forthcoming) 


2017 Ethnography of a Vodu Shrine in Southern Togo, (Book) [BRILL Publications: Religion in Africa series 2017. IN PRESS


2017 Pod-cast on Cultural Anthropology (website). “Socializing Through Technology: Poke Mon Go! in Detroit"  https://culanth.org/fieldsights/1097-socializing-through-technology-pokemon-go-in-downtown-detroit  


2017 “Countering Violent Extremism in Tanzania: Anthropology and the Culture Technology
and Peace Lab.”, Peace and Conflict Studies, (Revise and Resubmit 7/2016).


2016 “African Shamanism: The Life and Acts of Sofo Bisi.” Shaman Journal, Volume 24: 1.


2016 “Syncretism in Vodu and Orisha: An Anthropological Analysis.” Journal of Religion and
Society, Volume 18:2


2016 “Embracing Voodoo: Peace and Reconciliation in Togo”, AFRICA, submitted 6/2017


2016 Chasing the Spirit (FILM REVIEW by Randy Baier); Comparative Studies in Society and History, Cambridge: Volume 58: 3, (July).


2015 “The Materia Medica of Vodu Practitioners in Southern Togo,” The Applied Anthropologist, Vol. 1: 31-39 (with CN Vannier).


2015 “Sacred Slaves: Tchamba Vodu in Southern Togo,” Journal of Africana Religions,
Volume 4:1, pp. 104-127 (with CN Vannier).


2013 African Herbsmen: Healing and Religion along the Bight of Benin, (37 minutes/Film), Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/African-Herbsmen-Healing-Religion-


2012 Chasing the Spirit: Gorovodu in Southern Togo, (67 minutes), Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Spirit-Gorovodu-Southern
2012 “Activist Anthropology” in Anthropology News, January 2012


2012  “Rock to the Beat,” documentary film about Detroit Electronic Music Festival PBS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Producer (culturerealm.com) 
 

Currently Teaching

  • My recent teaching experience expands the gamut of Anthropology. At the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, I act as an assistant director planning events, writing grants, and mentoring students and Visiting Scholars, I also teach courses in Global Health, Peacemaking, Conflict Resolution, Human Trafficking and African Medicine and Ritual. At College for Creative Studies, I have facilitated graduate courses in Business Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology. On occasion, I continue to teach Anthropology of Africa and Anthropology of Religion for the Anthropology department at Wayne State University as well. This Fall and Winter I am teaching Anthropology of Africa at Central Michigan University. From 2006-2014 I worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College and in the Anthropology department at Wayne State University in inner-city Detroit, while there, all classes included a service learning component and applied group projects. My teaching philosophy involves cultural relativity, holism, and the power of culture. Recently I have been modifying my pedagogical approach to involve: ethnography, service learning, cultural passports, flip videos, and community engagement. My courses range from cultural anthropology and ethnography at the undergraduate level to anthropology of design and global anthropology at the graduate level. My research is on Ewes people of Ghana and Togo in West Africa with a focus on political-economy, ritual, and the anthropology of religion. Recently I directed two ethnographic films on Ewe culture and the past year I have published more than six articles in Anthropology, Africana Studies, and Religion journals. My colleague and I just finished a book from BRILL Press, Of Spirit, Slave and Sea: Ethnography of a Vodu Shrine in Southern Togo (2017).

Courses taught

Course Load
1. Anthropology of Religion 6. Allied Global Health
2. Cultural Anthropology / Ethnography 7. Anthropology of Africa
3. Anthropology of Peace and Conflict 8. Human Trafficking
4. Anthropology Methods and Theory 9. Business Anthropology
5. Globalization and Global Security 10. Urban Anthropology

11. Science, Technology, and War

12. Peace-making 
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Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught

Fieldwork

Current: "Understanding our Muslim Neighbors" and "Beyond Fear and Hate" (Hamtramck/Dearborn)

Current: Ongoing ethnographic fieldwork in Ghana and Togo; Western Africa


Current: CVE in Tanzania: The Culture Technology and Peace Lab Project with Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Wayne State University

2013 Intensive ethnographic research in southern Togo; Archival, film, interview, participant- observation, focus group


2012-current Participant-Observation of Indian Hindu Temples in Greater-Detroit: Bharatiya and Parashakti Temples


2011 Two months of plant medicine research in Tepa, Cape Coast, Ghana (Medical Anthropology Fieldtrip)


2006 Field research in Southeastern Ghana, anthropology of religion.


2003–05 Ethnographic field research in Southern Togo, Ghana and Benin, conducted doctoral research.


2004 Fieldwork on AIDS (adherence, risk, stigma), inner city Detroit. The HAART project


2002 Cotonou, Benin, West Africa. Ewe and Fon religion. Also studied French and Ewe languages at CE.BE.LA.E (Centre Les Langues Etrangeres, Cotonou, Benin)


2000 Eight months of participant-observation at Freedom House, a refugee center in Southwest Detroit.

1997 Summer of Field Research: Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria; Western Africa 
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Recent Lectures and Co-Curricular Activity

2017  "Vodu in Togo" American Anthorpological Association Annual Meetings, November, Washington DC 

2017  "Crash Course on Syria" (Students Organizing for Syria) University of Detroit, WSU

2017   "Human Trafficking Unveiled" (P.E.A.C.E. Labs USA) Detroit, MI

2017   "Ethnography of a Vodu Shrine" (Book Talk: University of Michigan, University of Michigan Flint)

2017  Podcast for Cultural Anthropology  Website: Poke Man Go in Detroit


2016 Co-Creator of www.culturerealm.com; Visual Anthropology Website


2016-17  Grant Writing for Center of Peace and Conflict Studies


2017  “Ralph Bunche Institute” for Conflict Management, Wayne State University, Leader


2016 “CVE in Tanzania: The Culture Technology and Peace Lab.” American Anthropological Association, Invited Session, Minneapolis, MN 


2015 “Middle East Peace Initiative,” Dept. of State, CPCS, Wayne State University


2015 “Between the Pipeline and the Sea: Globalization in Togo,” (Rockford University, Illinois: Department of Social Sciences)


2013 Paper on “Ewe Syncretism and Mimesis” at American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. Chicago, Ill, (November)


2012 Film Screening of “African Herbsmen” at Wayne State University (Grosscup Archaeology Museum)


2012 Premiere of film “Chasing the Spirit: Gorovodu in Southern Togo” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Detroit, Michigan, (February)


2012 International Premiere of “Chasing the Spirit: Gorovodu in Southern Togo”, at Cine 104, Paris, France (March). Info also at www.ahuefa.org

2012 "Activist Anthropology: Occupy Wall-Street, Occupy the World" American Anthropologist, 4:1. 


2012 Live interview on WDET (NPR, National Public Radio) with Craig Fahle Show, Chasing the Spirit, (January)


2012 Lecture on African Plant Medicine. American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, California, USA.


2011 Poster Presentation on Service-Learning in Detroit. American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Montreal, Canada


2011 Lecture on “Africa, America, and the Making of the Soul”, Pro-World Symposium on African Culture, University of Ghana-Cape Coast
 

Citation Index

  • Montgomery, Eric, and Christian Vannier. An Ethnography of a Vodu Shrine in Southern Togo: Of Spirit, Slave and Sea. Brill, 2017.

    Montgomery, Eric James. "Syncretism in Vodu and Orisha." Journal of Religion & Society 2 (2016): 18.

    Vannier, Christian, and Eric James Montgomery. "Sacred Slaves: Tchamba Vodu in Southern Togo." Journal of Africana Religions 4, no. 1 (2016): 104-127.

    Montgomery, Eric "Shamanism and Voodoo in Togo: The Life and Acts of Sofo Bisi" ISARS, Shaman, 24:1 (2016)

    Baier, Randal. "Chasing the Spirit: Gorovodu in Southern Togo. A film by Eric J. Montgomery and Christian N. Vannier. 66 minutes, color. Detroit: CultureRealm Films (culturerealm. com), 2012 (available from Amazon. com)." Comparative Studies in Society and History 58, no. 03 (2016): 836-839.

    Montgomery, Eric and CN Vannier The Materia Medica of Vodu Practitioners in Southern Togo, (2015:2) The Applied anthropologist

    Many More (SEE CV)