Andrea Mariko Grant
BA (McGill), MSc (Edinburgh), MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
Although I now happily call myself an anthropologist, I began by studying English literature. I hold a BA in English Literature from McGill University and a MSc in Writing and Cultural Politics from the University of Edinburgh. After a chance encounter with a linguistic anthropologist at a dude ranch in Colorado – at the time I was working as a journalist and travel writer and had been sent there on assignment – I decided to return to academia to study social anthropology. This led me to pursue a MPhil in Social Anthropology here at Cambridge (Trinity Hall) and then a DPhil at Oxford (St Hugh’s).
I am delighted to be returning to Cambridge. I received my anthropological training here and I look forward to teaching Emma’s undergraduates, in addition to joining the Department of Social Anthropology and the Centre of African Studies.
My doctoral research focused on religion and popular culture in post-genocide Rwanda. I explored how Pentecostalism and popular music created new ways for young people to come to terms with the past and envision new futures for themselves in a complex political context. I became particularly interested in changing gender roles, hip hop, and Kinyarwanda slang.
I am currently working on a co-edited volume that brings together Rwandan artists and cultural activists with Western scholars to explore the changing artistic and cultural landscape in the country. This builds on a workshop I co-organised in September 2015 at the BIEA in Nairobi. I am also working on a monograph based on my doctoral research.