Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA University of Washington; MA New York University; PhD University of California Los Angeles
Research Areas: visual ethnography; aesthetics; politics; performance; media; postcolonial theory; violence; war; humanitarianism; West Africa (Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso); South India
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.