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Associate Professor and Adjunct Associate Professor, Anthropology


B.A., Anthropology, College of William and Mary; Ph.D., Social Anthropology, Harvard University

Teaching and Research Interests:

Ethnography of Africa, West Africa, and political conflict

Current Research:

My research has focused on francophone West Africa and, in particular, the West African nation of Senegal. I lived for over five years in Senegal and the neighboring nation of Mauritania, where I served as a Peace Corps volunteer. My first book, Longing for Exile: Migration and the Making of a Translocal Community in Senegal (West Africa) (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2002), is a historical ethnography of a Senegalese community. In addition, I have published on gender, negritude, transnational migration, and West African politics.