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Ali Colleen Neff

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Background

Ali Colleen Neff, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, is an interdisciplinary scholar of Culture, Communication and Media (Ph.D. and M.A., UNC-Chapel Hill), and is committed to documenting, amplifying and celebrating the musical creativity of young people throughout the Global South.  Her extensive ethnographic work in Mississippi and Senegal is manifest in her book, Let the World Listen Right: The Mississippi Delta Hip-Hop Story, her ethnographic films and articles on both field sites, and a website that archives her collaborative fieldwork work with women pop artists in Dakar, Senegal.  Her new research engages an Anthropology of Sound to explore the ways in which Senegalese Sufi praise song works through new media in the African Diaspora in the U.S. South.