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.