Louis Philippe Romer

Lecturer in Anthropology
Louis Philippe Römer wearing a pink collared shirt with trees in the background.

Louis Philippe Römer has been at Vassar College since 2016. His research and teaching lie at the intersection of linguistic anthropology, political anthropology, media studies, and Africana studies. His current research focuses on populism, language and media, and the construction of decolonial and anti-capitalist political futures. Römer is currently working on a book titled Strategic Ambiguities: Race, Class, and Populism on the Caribbean Airwaves, an analysis of how politicians and activists engage in populist discourse on talk radio to redefine racial and class identities, build coalitions, and reshape the public imagination of what is politically possible. A second project will investigate the making and unmaking of racial and colonial hierarchies through an ethnography of tech work and social media activism in the Caribbean. Römer’s research has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds of the Netherlands, among other sources. Römer is also committed to public scholarship, especially in forums that engage with and foreground perspectives from Global South. His writing has appeared in Al Jazeera English, the Daily Maverick (South Africa), Kouti Pandoras (Greece), Lilith Magazine (Netherlands), and the Extra (Curaçao), and in Anthrodendum, Footnotes, and Somatosphere.

BA, Utrecht University; MA, New York University; MPhil, University of Cambridge; MPhil, PhD, New York University
At Vassar since 2016


Blodgett Hall
Box 68

Research and Academic Interests

Linguistic Anthropology
Political Anthropology
Africana Studies
Caribbean Studies
Creole Languages and Cultures
Emotion and Persuasion
Race and Class
Colonial and Postcolonial Studies


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