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Paulla A. Ebron

paulla ebron

Paulla A. Ebron

Ph.D. Massachusetts Amherst, 1993
Research Interests: 
Comparative cultural studies, nationalism, gender, discourses of identity; Africa, African-America.


Paulla Ebron joined the department in 1992. Ebron is the author of Performing Africa, a work based on her research in The Gambia that traces the significance of West African praise-singers in transnational encounters. A second project focuses on tropicality and regionalism as these tie West Africa and the U.S. Georgia Sea Islands in a dialogue about landscape, memory and political uplift. This project is entitled, “Making Tropical Africa in the Georgia Sea Islands."

Books & Monographs

Selected Articles

2017. "Feminism and the Anthropocene: Assessing the Field through Recent Books" with Tsing, A. L.   Feminist Studies  43 (3): 658-683

2015. "Which Memory" in Transatlantic Memories of Slavery. Elisa Bordin and Anna Scacchi, editors. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press. pp. 133-160.

2015. “Writing and Rhythm.” with Anna Tsing.  Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol. 21(3): 683-687.

2014. “Slavery and Transnational Memory: The Making of New Publics.” in Transnational Memory. Circulation, Articulation, Scales.  Editors, Chiara De Cesari and Ann Rigney. Berlin; Boston: Walter de DeGruyter. pp. 147-168.

2008. “Strike a Pose: Capitalism’s Black Identity. In Recharting the Black Atlantic. Annalisa Oboe and Anna Scacchi, editors. London: Routledge Research in Atlantic Studies.

2007. “Constituting the Subject Through Performative Acts: The Making of West African Gendered Subjects.”  African after Gender. Catherine Cole, Takyiwaa Manuh, Stephan F. Miescher, editors. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

2004. “Continental Riffs: Encounters with Mande Music.” African Identities 2(2):133-149. Also in Black Cultural Traffic. Harry Elam and Kennell Jackson, Editor. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2005.

2001. “Contingent Stories: Anthropology, Race, and Feminism.” In Black Feminist Anthropology: Theory, Praxis, Politics and Poetics. Irma McClaurin, editor. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers. pp. 211-232. Also Reprinted in Feminist Anthropology. Oxford; Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2006.

1999 "Tourists as pilgrims: Commercial fashioning of transatlantic politics." American Ethnologist, 26(4):910, 931.

1998 "Enchanted memories of regional difference in African American culture." American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 100(1): 94-105.