Emma McGlennen

(Addis Ababa University)

Emma McGlennen is a PhD candidate in socio-cultural anthropology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her academic interests revolve around contemporary trans-Saharan economies, Islam and sufism, the feminization of migration, urban performance, and ordinary ethics. She also has an enduring interest in literary imaginations, orality and performance, and aesthetics. Her dissertation research concerns the political economy of Islamic sufi pilgrimage and labor migration between Senegal and Morocco. The project looks at women migrants’ embedding in historically male networks of circular trade, pilgrimage, and ‘illicit’ migration to ask how their participation is re-shaping modes of urban dwelling and livelihood, (im)mobility, gender and social reproduction. She has a B.A. from Columbia University, where she studied Comparative Literature with a focus on oral and literary tradition in West Africa, and a Masters in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins, focused on Islam and political economy in trans-Saharan space, under Profs Naveeda Khan and Jane Guyer.
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