Professor of Anthropology, Department of Comparative Human Development
Interests: Madagascar, social and cultural anthropology, memory, gender, sexuality, transnational kinship, urban space, youth and intergenerational transformation, Christianity, African migration to Europe
Selected publication: Sex and Salvation: Imagining the Future in Madagascar (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010).
Professor 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).
Fellow in the Stefanovich Institute
Interests: Politics of science, technology, and medicine in postcolonial Africa.
Associate Professor of Art History
Interests: Art and visual culture of the Kingdom of Kongo, Angola, and Brazil, cross-cultural religious and artistic encounters, slavery in the Atlantic World, visual epistemologies, art and colonialism.
Selected publication: The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014).
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).
Interests: Swahili and African linguistics, phonology and morphosyntax of Bantu languages, Swahili textbook development, Taarab music from East Africa and Zanzibar.
Selected publication: [with Rachel Walker and Dani Byrd] "An Articulatory View of Kinyarwanda Coronal Harmony," Phonology 25, no. 3 (2008): 499-535.
Salikoko S. Mufwene
Professor 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).
Interests: Rwanda, gender, violence, social justice, incarceration, art.
Emily Lynn Osborn
Associate Professor of African History
Interests: Precolonial states, Francophone Africa, gender, colonialism, technology transfer and diffusion, aluminum, material culture, artisinal production and labor.
Selected Publication: Our New Husbands Are Here: Households, Gender, and Politics in a West African State from the Slave Trade to Colonial Rule (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2011).
Professor 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
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).
Christopher B. Yenkey
Assistant Professor of Organizations and Strategy (Booth)
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).