Kelly Askew

Research Faculty


Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Professor, LSA Anthropology
Professor, LSA Afroamerican & African Studies


PhD 1997 Harvard University


Kelly Askew’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)

LSA Anthropology, University of Michigan
207-B West Hall, 1085 University Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Phone: 734–647–4434

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Kelly Askew's current research focuses on African postsocialism/postcommunism, poetic and performing arts, land tenure and property rights, pastoralism, and indigenous political movements.

Selected publications. Please also see Kelly Askew’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)...

“The Formal Divide: Customary Rights and the Allocation of Credit to Agriculture in Tanzania,” (with H. Stein, R. Odgaard, F. Maganga, and S. Cunningham), Journal of Development Studies, 52.9 (2016): 1306-1319.

“Tanzanian Newspaper Poetry: Political Commentary in Verse,” Journal of Eastern African Studies 8.3 (2014): 515-537.

“Of Land and Legitimacy: A Tale of Two Lawsuits,” (with R. Odgaard & F. Maganga) Africa, Journal of the International African Institute 83.1 (2013): 120-141.

“Les villages tanzaniens ujamaa 40 ans plus tard: Moralisation et commémoration du collectivisme,” Anthropologie et sociétés 32.1/2 (2008): 103-132.

African Postsocialisms. Co-edited with M. Anne Pitcher. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2006.

Performing the Nation: Swahili Music and Cultural Politics in Tanzania. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2002.