Student Feature: Scott Hussey

Scott Hussey is an ABD doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at UF. His dissertation project investigates a network of captivity and ransom of European Christians during the Early Modern period (1500-1800) in the Mediterranean.  For his doctoral research, he excavated a sealed and well-preserved subterranean dungeon associated with Christian servitude in North Africa: the Mazmorras of Tétouan, Morocco. […]

Student Feature: Mamadou Bodian

Mamadou Bodian (PhD Candidate, Political Science): My dissertation topic is: “The Politics of Electoral Reform in Francophone West Africa: the Birth and Change of Electoral Rules in Mali, Niger, and Senegal”. A summary of his work, in his words: This dissertation examines the origins of and changes in electoral systems in Francophone West Africa: Senegal, Mali, […]

Student Feature: Cady Gonzalez

Cady Gonzalez is a second year MA student in cultural anthropology and an Amharic Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellow. This past summer, she attended Afaan Oromoo language training and conducted ethnographic research in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Working in part with her chair, Dr. Marit Ostebo, she explored a new public health (development) project in […]

Faculty Spotlight: Nancy Rose Hunt

In Fall 2016, Nancy Rose Hunt joined the University of Florida as Professor of History & African Studies. We are pleased to report that she recently received the 2016 Martin A. Klein Prize recognizing the most distinguished book in African history (from the American Historical Association). A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo (Duke University Press) involved […]

Student Feature: Benjamin Smith

  Benjamin Smith’s (MA Candidate, Anthropology) research focuses on the archaeology of Late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. Many scholars believe that modern human behaviors evolved gradually, as adaptations to ecologically diverse and highly variable Pleistocene African landscapes. They posit that these behaviors left Africa as a “package” integral to the […]

Student Feature: Amanda B. Edgell

From January to August 2016, Amanda B. Edgell (PhD Candidate, Political Science) conducted fieldwork in Uganda and Kenya. Edgell’s dissertation assesses the effectiveness of gender quotas at achieving long-term, sustainable representation for women in national legislatures. Capitalizing on a unique electoral system for allocating designated women-only seats in Uganda and Kenya, the research combines qualitative and quantitative […]

Student Feature: Justin Hoyle

Justin Hoyle is a third year PhD student in Political Science. Over the summer he spent a month in Cairo, Egypt conducting fieldwork for his dissertation project entitled “Determinants of Military Retrenchment: Army Behavior during Political Transitions.” This project addresses the question of why during transitional periods some political armies accept a reduced political role, […]

Student Feature: Netty Carey

  Netty Carey is a second year MA student in Anthropology. This past summer, she conducted field research in Ghana, dedicating six weeks of her trip to ethnographic research in Ada, a coastal town roughly three hours’ drive outside of Accra, the capital. Netty’s research community are fishermen, fish mongers, and petty traders residing on the Volta […]