Dr David Pratten

Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology of Africa; Fellow of St Antony's College


Dr Pratten’s research is based on a long-term engagement with Annang villagers in south-eastern Nigeria and focuses on themes of history, violence and the state. His most recent work has has examined issues of youth, democracy and disorder in post-colonial Nigeria with a particular focus on vigilantism and new masquerade performances. He is currently working on several research projects involving work in Nigeria, including one called 'The politics of xenophobic exclusion in Africa: mobilisation, local orders and violence'.


  • Nigeria
  • Niger Delta
  • Social anthropology (especially of Africa)
  • Youth and violence in Africa
  • Vigilante groups
  • Ritual murder
  • Colonialism in Africa