Danny Hoffman is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Washington. His scholarship, teaching, and civic engagement are based primarily on ethnographic research in West Africa and on his background as a photojournalist working in Southern and East Africa. He is the author of two books on contemporary Sierra Leone and Liberia, The War Machines: Young Men and Violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia (2011) and Monrovia Modern: Urban Form and Political Imagination in Liberia (2017), both published with Duke University Press. Hoffman was the recipient of two fellowships from the SSRC in 2001: the Global Security and Cooperation research fellowship and the International Dissertation Research Fellowship.

Liberia | May 16, 2017

Military Humanitarianism and Africa’s Troubling “Forces for Good”

This article was concurrently published on Items, the SSRC’s digital essay forum, a space for engagement with the Council’s work and with the social sciences more generally. Monrovia, Liberia. August 20, 2014 ― Early in the morning, the Ebola Task Force, a joint operation led by the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), institutes a surprise […]

U.S. Air Force Airman supporting Operation United Assistance
Book Reviews | December 3, 2012

I Did It to Save My Life: Love and Survival in Sierra Leone, by Catherine E. Bolten

Sierra Leone’s was a complicated war. One of the first post-Cold War conflicts, and seemingly one of the more intractable and bizarre, there is still no consensus explanation for what happened in Sierra Leone and neighboring Liberia throughout the 1990s. Scholars from political science, anthropology, history, psychology, and sociology have looked to this small West […]

Photo credit to University of California Press. Book published on October 1, 2012 by Catherine E. Bolton. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. No changes were made.