Current Students

The following list includes masters and doctoral students carrying out research on Africa.

The symbols on this page are Adinkra symbols from Ghana, and vary according to department. With thanks to JeanMacDonald and adinkra.org.

Mary Adekoya

Cinema and Media Studies

Dissertation: "Shadows of Film: Nollywood and the Vernacular Revolution in African Cinema."


Elizabeth Brummel

Anthropology

Dissertation: ""Language and the Emergence of Identity among Youth in Kisumu, Kenya"


Jorge Campos-Téllez

Anthropology

Interests: Somaliland, Indian Ocean coast, fiscal technologies, anthropology of the state, cities, affect, the occult, phenomenology, critical theory, anarchist anthropology, sonic ethnography, visual anthropology


John Cropper

History

Research interests: French West Africa; environmental history; colonial and post colonial Senegal; history of charcoal and woodfuels

Dissertation title: The People's Energy: The History of Charcoal Production and Forest Access in Senegal, 1900-2014


Zebulon Dingley

Anthropology

Dissertation: "Of Bond and Boundary: Kinship, Capital and the Occult on the South Coast of Kenya"


Ian Duncan

English Language and Literatures

Dissertation: "Reading the Postcolonial Cosmopolitan Novel: Ethical Encounters with the Literature of Incendiary Circumstances"


Emily Lord Fransee

History

Dissertation: "Without Distinction: Gender and Political Rights in the French Empire (Algeria, Senegal, and Cameroon), 1944-1962"

Interests: Citizenship, gender and sexuality, decolonization, imperialism and colonialism, francophone Africa, race, science and speculative fiction, elections and suffrage rights. 


Elizabeth Fretwell

History

Interests: 20th century francophone West Africa, Benin, work and artisan production, gender, urban history; visual and material culture; colonialism and empire


Ingrid Greenfield

Art History

Dissertation: "A Moveable Continent: Collecting Africa in early modern Italy"


Imri Grinberg

History

Pre-Colonial West Africa; History of Islam in West Africa; Timbuktu's Arabic Manuscripts; The Trans-Saharan Trade; Slavery; African Diaspora.


Debora Heard

Archaeology and Anthropology

Dissertation: "In the Houses of the Ram and the Lion: Religious Displays of Royal Socio-Political Subjectivity in the Kushite Temples of Amun and Apedemak"


Kristin Hickman

Anthropology

Dissertation: "The Politics of Writing Moroccan Arabic"


Nana Holtsnider

Comparative Literature

Dissertation: "Exotic, Yet Integral: Empire in Nineteenth-Century British and Dutch Juvenile Colonial Literature"


Matthew Knisley

Archaeology and Anthropology

Tanzania, historical archaeology of the Sandawe homeland (central highlands, Tanzania); postcolonialism, landscape


Hilary Leathem

Anthropology

Kenya, Africa in the legal imaginaries of the Global North, the International Criminal Court; historical anthropology; (post)colonialism and violence; justice, power, and international law; temporality and modernity; human rights.


Stacy Pape

Anthropology

Interests: Ngazidja (Comoros), Indian Ocean Islands, circuits of mobility, Comorian diaspora and repatriates, gender & sexuality, kinship, and post coloniality.


Gretchen Pfeil

Linguistics and Anthropology

Dissertation: "Small Change, Big Changes: Religious Commitments and the High Stakes of Small Charitable Gifts in Dakar, Senegal"


Betsy Pillion

Linguistics

Bantu linguistics, African tonal languages, the Mushunguli language (Somalia), and the Bulu language (Cameroon).


Mary Robertson

Anthropology

Dissertation: "Negotiating 'Race' in the Post-apartheid South African Advertising Industry"


B. Theodore Rose

Anthropology

Freedom and selfhood; legal coercion and political sovereignty, the Postcolonial state in Africa; economic and political democratization, free and unfree labor, post-slavery regimes. Problems/tensions of forced labor within economic and political democratization processes in Sierra Leone


Abena Gyamfuah Sarfo-Mensah

Comparative Human Development

West Africa, Ghana, environmental anthropology, development studies, cultural psychology, participatory action research, qualitative methods


Jay Schutte

Anthropology

South Africa, Zimbabwe, China, South Korea, Translation, Mediation, Technology and the senses, Space-time and the work of the imagination, the confluence of media and language flows between East Asia to sub-Saharan Africa, semiotic analysis


Lisa Simeone

Anthropology

Dissertation: "Eating the Past, Feeding the Future: Value, Adjudication, and the Politics of Integration among African Immigrants in Chicago"


Erik Lee Skjon

Anthropology

Dissertation: "The Lingual-Cultural Region: Its Figures and Grounds in Makhuwa Networks, Media, and Discourse"


John A. Stevenson

Political Science

Mass killing/genocide, counter-insurgency, refugees, revolutions, state building, international relations, international security, and citizenship.


Leslie Wilson

Art History

Dissertation: Beyond Committed, Past Concerned: Photography as a Documentary Medium in South Africa, 1994-2004

History of photography, documentary theory, South African documentary photography and photojournalism, modern and contemporary African art, post-war American art, and the landscape in visual art