Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D. from University of Florida
Dr. Gearhart received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida in 1998. She takes an interdisciplinary approach (Visual Anthropology, History, and Performance Studies) to her research on non-western music and dance performance traditions. Her area of interest is East Africa, where she has frequently lived over the past twenty years, primarily among the Swahili people of the Kenya coast. Recent publications: Concepts of Illness Among the Swahili of Lamu, Kenya J Transcult Nurs July 2014 25: 218-222, first published on December 31, 2013, and Seeing Life through the eyes of Swahili children of Lamu, Kenya: A visual anthropology approach, AntropoChildren, Volume 3, Issue 3, 2013. Professor Gearhart is currently working on a book-length manuscript on Swahili expressive arts.