M. Amah Edoh is an anthropologist interested in the production of knowledge about Africa; namely, how “Africa” as a category of thought is produced through material practices across African and non-African sites. Her current book project, Our Grandmothers’ Cloth: Materiality, Class, and Global Membership in the Age of “The New Africa,” traces the trajectory of Dutch Wax cloth (African print) between Holland and Togo. Using as its anchor Dutch Wax cloth’s renderings as female wealth, textile design, branded object, commodity, and dress across Holland and Togo, the multi-sited ethnography examines how Africa and Africans’ place in the world is negotiated and articulated at the start of the 21st century, at a time when discourses about Africa’s place in the world are shifting from Africa as site of perpetual crisis to Africa as the future (the so-called “New Africa”).
Edoh earned the PhD from MIT's Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS) in 2016, where her dissertation research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Prior to graduate studies in anthropology, Edoh worked in the field of public health, conducting research on community-based responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic as a Fulbright Scholar to Zambia and obtaining a MSc in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Research Areas / Expertise: African studies; Anthropology of art and craft; Material culture; Transnational blackness
2016 Ph.D., History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society, MIT
2008 M.Sc., Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health
2003 S.B., Political Science, MIT