Kelly Askew

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Kelly Askew

Director, African Studies Center

207-C West Hall

Phone: 734.764.2337

  • Affiliation(s)
    • African Studies Center
  • About

    Kelly M. Askew is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican/African Studies and founding Director of the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in Music and Anthropology from Yale University (1988) and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University (1997). Her publications include two edited volumes, African Postsocialisms (co-edited with M. Anne Pitcher, Edinburgh University Press, 2006) and The Anthropology of Media: A Reader (co-edited with Richard R. Wilk, Blackwell Publishers, 2002), articles on topics ranging from nationalism to gender relations to Hollywood film production, and a book on music and politics in Tanzania entitled Performing the Nation: Swahili Music and Cultural Production in Tanzania (University of Chicago Press, 2002), a finalist for the 2003 African Studies Association Herskovits Award for best scholarly work on Africa.

  • Education
    • PhD 1997 Harvard University
  • Country
    • Ghana
    • Tanzania