Staff  

At Birmingham you will be taught by staff who have first-hand experience of the continent - they have lived and taught in Africa, and continue to carry out research there.

Professor Karin Barber

Professor Karin Barber

Professor of African Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology, popular culture, religion, and the verbal arts, both oral and written. Yoruba and Yoruba print culture.

Dr Maxim Bolt

Dr Maxim Bolt

Reader in Anthropology and African Studies

Anthropology, labour, migration, borders, development and the social dynamics of money.

Dr Lynne Brydon

Dr Lynne Brydon

Senior Honorary Research Fellow

Gender, changing family structures, migration, development issues, historicised ethnography

Dr Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias

Dr Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Early pre-colonial history of Africa, cultural interactions, oral traditions, West African medieval Arabic inscriptions.

Dr Juliet Gilbert

Dr Juliet Gilbert

Lecturer in African Studies and Anthropology

I am an anthropologist with a particular interest in youth studies, religion (especially Pentecostalism), insecure livelihoods, and aspects of popular culture (fashion, beauty pageants, mobile phones). My doctorate thesis focused on young women’s livelihoods in Calabar, southeastern Nigeria.

Dr Leslie James

Dr Leslie James

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

My research examines the political and intellectual history of Africa and the African diaspora, with particular interest in black radical discourses and the global and local dimensions of anti-colonial movements in the twentieth century. I am currently researching newspapers in the late colonial period in West Africa and the Caribbean as a medium for the construction of not only local/national ...

Dr Jessica Johnson

Dr Jessica Johnson

Lecturer in the Anthropology of Africa

Social anthropology specialising in Southern Africa, anthropology of gender and law in Malawi

Dr Rebecca Jones

Dr Rebecca Jones

Research Fellow
Lecturer in African Studies from January 2017

'Knowing Each Other: everyday religious encounters, social identities and tolerance in southwest Nigeria' research project.

Professor Tom McCaskie

Professor Tom McCaskie

Senior Research Fellow

History and culture of Asante and Africa; comparative history; history of ideas; historiography

Dr Insa Nolte

Dr Insa Nolte

Reader in African Studies

Yoruba history, culture and politics

Dr Terri Ochiagha

Dr Terri Ochiagha

Honorary Research Fellow

Colonial whiteness, the history and literary representations of British colonial education, first-generation Nigerian writing, Nigerian print cultures, and life-writing

Professor Olukoya Ogen

Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Professor of History, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria

Dr Katrien Pype

Dr Katrien Pype

Birmingham Fellow

Anthropology, social and cultural contours of communication.

Dr Benedetta Rossi

Dr Benedetta Rossi

Reader in African History and Anthropology
Departmental Head of Postgraduate Studies (Taught and Research)

History and anthropology of twentieth-century West Africa, Hausa and Tuareg societies.

Dr Keith Shear

Dr Keith Shear

Senior Lecturer in African Studies

African history and politics

Dr Kate Skinner

Dr Kate Skinner

Senior Lecturer in the History of Africa and its Diasporas
Head of Department of African Studies and Anthropology

Dr Silke Strickrodt

Dr Silke Strickrodt

Visiting Research Fellow

Afro-European encounters in the context of trade, Christian mission and scientific exploration, precolonial and early colonial Africa.

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