Head of the Research Area Medical Anthropology
1999-2004 Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin. Thesis: “The Power of AIDS. Kinship, Belonging and the Morality of Illness and Death in the Context of Rural-Urban Migration in Tanzania”
1991-98 Magister Studies in Social Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin. Minor subjects: African Studies and English Studies (both Humboldt Universität Berlin)
1993 Kiswahili Studies on Zanzibar, Institute for Kiswahili and Foreign Languages (Taasisi ya Kiswahili na Lugha za Kigeni)
02/2013- Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin
24/02/2010 Second Appointment as Junior Professor (Following Positive Evaluation through External Reviewers and the Faculty Council of the Department of Political and Social Sciences)
2007-2013 Junior Professor for Religious Diversity in Transnational Contexts, Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
2002-2005 Lecturer and Part-time lecturer, FU Berlin, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
1999-2002 Research Associate in the Project "Living with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (PI: Prof. U. Luig), FU Berlin, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology
Memberships and Positions
Research Interests: Anthropology of religion (esp. Pentecostalism and Islam); Medical anthropology (esp. HIV/AIDS, anthropology of biomedicine, transnationalization of health, medicine and healing); Sexuality, kinship and gender (esp. masculinities); transnationalism and migration; Urban anthropology; Anthropology of education and learning.
Regional: Eastern and Southern Africa (Tanzania, South Africa); migratory contexts
Current research project: “Religion, Education and the State: Christian and Muslim Schools in the Context of Neoliberal Reform Processes in Dar es Salaam”
07/13 International Summer School in Medical Anthropology "Well-being at the Margins: Seeking Health in Stratified Landscapes of Medicine and Healing" (Grant by: Volkswagen Stiftung). More...
04/13-03/15; 09/15-09/17 "African Medical Migration: Nigerian Doctors in the USA between Conflicting Priorities of Moral, Economic and Professional Commitment" (German Research Foundation, DFG; PI: H. Dilger, Research Associate: J. Schühle