Michelle C. Johnson
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Michelle C. Johnson is a cultural anthropologist specializing in religion and ritual in West Africa and in the contemporary African diaspora. She received her B.A. from the University of Washington and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is currently an associate professor. She has conducted fieldwork on Islam and life course rituals among Mandinga people in Guinea-Bissau, and with Guinean immigrants and refugees living in Lisbon, Portugal. She has held grants from the U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays), the Social Science Research Council, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
West Africa; Africans in Europe; symbolic and interpretive anthropology; ethnicity; religion and ritual; Islam; the life course; ethnographic field methods; anthropological theory; transnational communities.
- ANTH 109: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- ANTH 201: Field Research in Local Communities
- ANTH 228: The Anthropology of Religion
- ANTH 235: Modern Africa
- ANTH 283: Theory in Anthropology
- ANTH 305: Womb to Tomb: Culture and the Life Course
- ANTH 329: Spirits, Saints, and Sufis: Religions in Africa
- ANTH 330: Advanced Seminar in Anthropology
"Culture's Calling: Mobile Phones, Gender, and the Making of an African Migrant Village in Lisbon" Anthropological Quarterly, Vol. 86, No. 1, p. 163-190.
"Death and the Left Hand: Islam, Gender, and 'Proper' Mandinga Funerary Custom in Guinea-Bissau and Portugal" African Studies Review, Volume 52, Number 2 (September 2009), pp. 93-117.
"'The Proof is on My Palm': Debating Ethnicity, Islam, and Ritual in a New African Diaspora." Journal of Religion in Africa, 36.1.
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