Kelly Askew is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS). She is currently serving as the Interim Director of the African Studies Center, just launched in July, 2008.
She received her B.A. in Music and Anthropology from Yale University (1988) and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University (1997). Since 1987, she has pursued extensive fieldwork in East Africa along the Swahili Coast of Tanzania and Kenya on topics relating to music and politics, media, performance, nationalism, socialism, and postsocialism. In addition to academic work, she is actively involved in film and television production, having worked in various capacities on two feature films and a number of documentary films.