Expertise: immigration; Burkina Faso
Dr. Boswell’s research examines the historic and contemporary dynamics of forced and return migration in central West Africa with specific reference to the transnational Burkinabé population located in Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire. Her teaching and research interests coincide with and center on civil society, gender, historic memory, life histories, migration, and African urban culture. She will examine in future projects the interplay between Burkinabé women’s social identities, economic activities, and their collecting practices, as well as explore the interactions between youth in private spaces carved from public places, such as streets and discotheques, in urban Burkina Faso. Dr. Boswell was awarded two Fulbright Fellowships to conduct field research in Côte d’Ivoire (1999-2000) and Burkina Faso (2004-2005). She has also received several Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships and was a resident at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She most recently held a Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship at Indiana University-East in Richmond, IN. She has presented at the African Studies Association and American Anthropological Association conferences. BA, magna cum laude, Drew University; PhD, Indiana University.