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Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe

Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe, Ph.D. is Associate Director of Engagement for the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (Duke TRHT Center) and Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Genomics, Race, Identity and Difference (GRID) at Duke University. Her scholarly and teaching interests are interdisciplinary and are guided by the lyrical power of both storytelling and visual texts.

Her research areas include comparative ‘mixed race’ identities and family memories; the gendered and generational politics of global African diasporas; visualizing cultural and heritage tourisms in urban spaces as well as more recently, the medical anthropology of race, ‘mixed race,’ and genomics.

She has conducted visual and ethnographic research in the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Africa, and has published and presented her work widely. Jayne received a Joint PhD in Medical Anthropology from UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco, an MA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, and both a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University.

A London native, she was a former Reader in Anthropology at the University of East London (UK) and has also taught in both the African and African American Studies Department and the Cultural Anthropology Department at Duke University as well as in the African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

BIO Apr 2021