Mark Auslander


Mark Auslander, Florence Kay Fellow in African Arts and Aesthetics, is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and director of the interdisciplinary master's program in Cultural Production. He is a sociocultural anthropologist with strong interests in political and symbolic processes. His principal ethnographic research has been in Eastern Zambian Ngoni communities and among African American families in rural Georgia (USA). He received undergraduate and graduate training in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. His academic writings explore such topics as south-central African witchfinding movements, popular contests over South African nature reserves, Zulu iconography in global contexts, the social meanings of lynching photography, popular narratives of slavery in the rural American South, and African American family reunions. He has consulted at the Smithsonian on the "African Voices" exhibition project and worked on "Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America" at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. With his students and community members, he has collaboratively crated exhibitions of African and African American art, as well as family and cultural history.