Samuel Mark Anderson, Visiting Lecturer, Arts and Humanities, NYUAD

Samuel Mark Anderson

Visiting Lecturer, Arts and Humanities

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi


B.A. University of Washington; M.A. New York University; Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles

Samuel Mark Anderson is an ethnographer of West African expressive culture and its encounters with religion, politics, and public health. His work has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Program, and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. His current research in Sierra Leone tracks a former militia commander who redeploys defensive mystic powers he gained in wartime for touring spectacles promoting reconciliation, Islam, and development projects. Sam Anderson has written for the journals Africa, African Art, and American Ethnologist.

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Research Interests

Politics and aesthetics, performance, media, visual ethnography, pop and subcultures, postcolonial theory, war, violence, humanitarianism, Islam, local medicine, West Africa (Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso).