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Research at the intersection of material culture, creative production, and African studies

Amah Edoh is an anthropologist whose research interests are at the intersection of material culture, creative production, and African studies.

Amah completed her PhD in MIT’s Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society. Her dissertation, a multi-sited ethnography titled Doing Dutch Wax: Practice, Politics, and “the New Africa, examined how Africa’s place in the world is negotiated through the material practices of designers, advertisers, sellers, buyers, and tailors along Dutch Wax cloth’s trajectory from design in the Netherlands to use in Lomé, Togo. This research was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Prior to the PhD, Amah worked and conducted research on community-based care for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Lusaka, Zambia as a Fulbright Scholar.

At GSL, Amah will be teaching courses on Francophone African studies and Global Africa, and preparing her book manuscript.