Associate Professor, Anthropology/Women's and Gender Studies/Afro-American and African Studies
Amal Hassan Fadlalla is professor of anthropology, women’s and gender studies, and Afroamerican and African studies at the University of Michigan. Her research interests and teaching focus on global issues and perspectives related to gender, health, reproduction, diaspora, transnationalism, population, development, and human rights and humanitarianism. She holds a BSc and MA in anthropology from the University of Khartoum, Sudan (1985,1992), and a PhD from Northwestern University, United States (2000).
She is the author of Branding Humanity: Competing Narratives of Rights, Violence and Global Citizenship (Stanford University Press, 2019) and Embodying Honor: Fertility, Foreignness, and Regeneration in Eastern Sudan (The University of Wisconsin Press, 2007). She is also the co-editor of the Humanity Journal Issue: Human Rights and Humanitarianism in Africa (Volume 7, No. 1, Spring 2016) and the book, Gendered Insecurities, Health and Development in Africa (Routledge, 2012). Some of her other publications appear in: Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power (2006), Urban Anthropology (2009), Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (2011); the School for Advanced Research (SAR) advance seminar series co-edited volume: New Landscapes of Inequality: Neoliberalism and the Erosion of Democracy in America (2008), the edited volume Veiling in Africa (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012), the co-edited volume Digital Imaginaries in Africa (Kerber, FC. 2021), and in the Michigan Humanities Collaboratory's edited volume: High Stakes: Being Human During Covid (University of Michigan Press, FC. 2021).
As part of her commitment to engaged anthropology and public scholarship, Professor Amal Hassan Fadlalla has also written short articles for various media blogs and has given interviews to various popular media outlets, including BBC, Aljazeera, and NPR.
Professor Amal Hassan Fadlalla is the recipient of many prestigious awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Population Council, Harvard Population and Development Center, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the Human Rights and Humanity awards from the University of Michigan, and the in-residence Mercator Fellowship (supported by the German Research Foundation) at the Department of Anthropology and Philosophy, University of Halle, Germany.
Gender, transnationalism, health, reproduction, identity, poverty, and population and development, and the situation of such analyses in gender dynamics, social inequalities, cultural worldviews, and local and global political economies (Africa, the Middle East, and the Diaspora).
"State of Vulnerability and Humanitarian Visibility on the Verge of Sudan's Secession: Lubna's Pants and Transnational Politics of Rights and Dissent." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Vol. 37, No. 1, Autumn 2011. The article is available at http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/660179
Gendered Insecurities, Health and Development in Africa, edited with Howard Stein, Routledge.
"Contested Borders of (in)Humanity: Sudanese Refugees and the Mediation of Suffering and Subaltern Visibilities." Urban Anthropology. Vol 38 (1), 2009.
Embodying Honor: Fertility, Foreignness, and Regeneration in Eastern Sudan. University of Wisconsin Press, 2007.
"The Neoliberalization of Compassion: Darfur and the Mediation of American Faith, Fear and Terror. " New Landscapes of Inequality: Neoliberalism and the Erosion of Democracy in America. Collins, DiLeonardo and Williams, editors. School for Advanced Research Press, 2008.
"Modest Women, Deceptive Jinn: Identity, Alterity, and Disease in Eastern Sudan." Identities Global Studies in Culture and Power, volume 12(2), 2005
- David Bell Fellowship at Harvard School of Public Heath: 2000-2002
- Center for the Development Studies Fellow at University of Bergen 1999-2000
- Rockefeller African Dissertation Internship Award: 1997-1999