Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy

Rebecca Gearhart

Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. from University of Florida

Dr. Mafazy 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: "Swahili Permutations: Ngoma and Identity in the   Lamu Archipelago" in World on the Horizon: Swahili arts across the  Indian Ocean (Krannert Art Museum, 2018) and "Skype, Facebook & Chat  Rooms: New Modes of Expression and Changing Gender Relations among  Swahili Youth at Home and Abroad" in Translocal Connections across the  Indian Ocean (Brill, 2018). Professor Mafazy is currently working on a book-length manuscript on Swahili expressive arts.

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