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Director, African Studies Center
Associate Professor, Anthropology/Afroamerican and African Studies

1080 South University Ave., Suite 3603
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

Office Location(s): 1080 South University Ave., Suite 3603
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Phone: 734.615.9558
kaskew@umich.edu

  • Affiliation(s)
    • African Studies Center
  • About

    Kelly Askew is Director of the African Studies Center and Professor of Anthropology and DAAS. She has worked for over two decades in Tanzania and Kenya. Her writings and film projects span two primary research areas: poetic arts as vehicles for populist engagement with politics, and the formalization of property rights. Recent film projects include: (1) Poetry in Motion: 100 Years of Zanzibar’s Nadi Ikhwan Safaa (Buda Musique, forthcoming 2015) on Zanzibar’s oldest taarab orchestra; and (2) The Chairman and the Lions (Documentary Educational Resources, 2013), which won 1st place at the ETNOFilm Festival (Croatia, 2013) and a Special Jury Award at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (Tanzania, 2013). She is currently in post-production on a new film entitled Maasai Remix about indigenous creativity in addressing challenges to Maasai pastoralist livelihoods.

     

  • Education
    • PhD 1997 Harvard University