Black Atlantic studiesAfrican diasporatransnational communitieslanguage ideologiestrance and possession ritualsidentity formationanthropology of religionMusic (drums/percussion)
I am a cultural anthropologist currently working on my PhD at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. I have been a drummer/percussionist for over thirty years, progressing throughout my life from elementary school orchestra to high school symphonic and marching band to several touring metal and rock bands. After a few too many years of playing in dive bars and working in greasy kitchens, I decided it was time to exercise my intellect and pursue higher education.
My lifelong passion for music, combined with a curiosity about other cultures, eventually led me to cultural anthropology and ethnomusicology. After completing my bachelor’s degree at Western Carolina University in 2006 I entered the graduate program at USC, earning a master’s degree in cultural anthropology in 2008. At the moment, I am working hard towards the completion of my doctorate, with the eventual goal of teaching in a college or university while continuing my research in music and religion.