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

Emeritus 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 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 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

Lecturer in African Studies

Nigerian print, literacy and popular culture

Dr Laura S Martin

Dr Laura S Martin

Global Challenges Research Fellow

I am an Africanist with a focus on transitions after conflict and crisis in Sierra Leone.

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
Head of Department of African Studies and Anthropology

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 Joanna Skelt 1968-2018

Dr Joanna Skelt 1968-2018

Teaching Fellow in African Studies and Anthropology

It is with great sadness that the Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) announces the loss of Jo Skelt, a colleague, poet, and friend. Full of life until the very end, Jo lost a brief fight against recurring cancer. Her family was with her when she passed away in Birmingham on 31 January 2018.

Please visit Jo's memorial page to read and share memories.

 

Dr Kate Skinner

Dr Kate Skinner

Senior Lecturer in the History of Africa and its Diasporas

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.