Kelly Askew

add contact to address book

Kelly Askew

Associate Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies
Director Center for African Studies

Anthropology
207-C West Hall
1092

Phone: 734.764.2337
kaskew@umich.edu

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Anthropology
    • Afroamerican and African Studies
    • African Studies Center
  • About

    Kelly Askew is Director of the African Studies Center and Professor of Anthropology and DAAS. She has worked for over two decades in Tanzania and Kenya. Her writings and film projects span two primary research areas: poetic arts as vehicles for populist engagement with politics, and the formalization of property rights. Recent film projects include: (1) Poetry in Motion: 100 Years of Zanzibar’s Nadi Ikhwan Safaa (Buda Musique, forthcoming 2015) on Zanzibar’s oldest taarab orchestra; and (2) The Chairman and the Lions (Documentary Educational Resources, 2013), which won 1st place at the ETNOFilm Festival (Croatia, 2013) and a Special Jury Award at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (Tanzania, 2013). She is currently in post-production on a new film entitled Maasai Remix about indigenous creativity in addressing challenges to Maasai pastoralist livelihoods.

     

  • Education
    • PhD 1997 Harvard University