Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy
Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., 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-five years, primarily among the Swahili people of the Kenya coast.
Observations on Eye Care in Lamu, Kenya: Overlooked Needs and Proposed Interventions
(with Erick Henderson '12), Journal of Global Health, Vol. 3, Issue 1, 2013 and
Seeing Life through the eyes of Swahili children of Lamu, Kenya: A visual anthropology
approach, AnthropoChildren, Volume 3, Issue 3, 2013. Professor Gearhart is currently working on a book-length
manuscript on Swahili expressive arts.
View Dr. Gearhart's publications
Environmental Studies Courses:
- ENST/ ANTH 270: Native Americans and the Environment
- ENST/ ANTH 274: Peoples and Cultures of East Africa