Faculty

Michael Dietler

Professor of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

Interests: Ethnography, historical anthropology, Kenya, colonialism, material culture, space and time, economics

Selected publication: "Domestic Space, Social Life, and Settlement Biography: Theoretical Reflections from the Ethnography of a Rural African Landscape," in L’espai domestic i l’organizacio de la societat a la protohistoria de la Mediterrania occidental (Barcelona: Arqueo Mediterrania, 2009).


Loren Kruger

Professor of English, of Cinema and Media Studies, of Comparative Literature, and of Germanic Studies

Department of Comparative Literautre, Department of English Literature; affiliated to the Urban Network and the Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture

Interests: South Africa, literature and visual culture, drama and performace, urban studies, critical theory.

Selected Publication: Imagining the Edgy City: Writing, Performing and Building Johannesburg (Oxford University Press, 2013).


Salikoko S. Mufwene

Professor of Linguistics

Department of Linguistics

Interests: Language evolution, with special attention to creole language varieties, African-American  English, and colonial Englishes. Mufwene also works on semantics, lexicography, pragmatics, and Bantu morphosyntax.

Selected Publication: Editor, with Cécile Vigouroux, Globalization and Language Vitality: Perspectives from Africa (London: Continuum Press, 2009).


Stephan Palmié

Professor of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

Interests: Afro-Cuban religious formations, the Atlantic world, systems of slavery and unfree labor, constructions of race and ethnicity, historical representation, knowledge production, conceptions of embodiment and moral personhood, genomics, and the anthropology of food and cuisine.

Selected Publication: The Cooking of History: How Not to Study "Afro"-"Cuban" "Religion" (University of Chicago Press, 2013). 


François G. Richard

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

Interests: West Africa (Senegal), Atlantic World, historical anthropology, archaeology, politics, rural mobility, missionaries, material culture.

Selected Publication: "Political Transformations and Cultural Landscapes in Senegambia during the Atlantic Era: An Alternative View From the Siin," in Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa: Archaeological Perspectives, ed. J.C. Monroe & A. Ogundiran, 78-114 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012).


Jenny Trinitapoli

Associate Professor of Sociology

Department of Sociology

Interests:  Demography, Sociology of religion, Social dimensions of the AIDS epidemic

Selected Publication: Religion and AIDS in Africa (with Alexander Weinreb, Oxford University Press 2012)


Christopher B. Yenkey

Assistant Professor of Organizations and Strategy (Booth)

Chicago Booth School of Business

Interests: Kenya, Tanzania, sociology, economics, stock exchange and markets.

Selected Publication: “Selling the Market to the Masses: Advertising, the State, and the Creation of Mass Retail Shareholding in Kenya, 2006‐08,” in The Worth of Goods: Valuation and Pricing in the Economy, ed. Jens Beckert and Patrik Aspers (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2011).