Samuel Mark Anderson

Samuel Mark Anderson, Visiting Lecturer, NYUAD

Lecturer Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: sma326@nyu.edu
Education: BA University of Washington; MA New York University; PhD University of California Los Angeles

Research Areas: ethnographer of West African expressive culture and its encounters with religion, politics, and public health


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 at 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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