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James Ellison

(he/him/his)Associate Professor of Anthropology (2005)

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on sabbatical 2021-22

Stern Center for Global Educ Room 004


A broadly trained cultural anthropologist, Ellison researches political and economic transformations and culture in eastern Africa, focusing on colonialism, socialism, and "neoliberalism." His main fieldwork sites are in Tanzania and Ethiopia. He also co-directs a summer field school in Tanzania to teach anthropological research methods.


  • B.A., Michigan State University, 1987
  • M.A., University of Florida, 1990
  • Ph.D., 1999