Bruce Whitehouse

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Director, Global Studies Program
31 Williams Drive, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015
610-758-4821
Ph.D., Brown University, 2007
Interests: 
Cultural anthropology; sub-Saharan Africa; globalization; the state; migration; transnationalism; marriage; medical anthropology; Islam.

Research Interests

  • Transnational migration (western Sahel to Central Africa, Europe & N. America)
  • Marriage and polygyny
  • Population processes
  • Urbanization and urban identities
  • Domestic structure and households
  • States and state failure in Africa
  • The western Sahel region
  • Bamako, Mali
  • Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Courses Taught

  • Cultural Diversity & Human Nature (ANTH 011)
  • Cultural Study & Globalization (ANTH/GS 106)
  • Health, Illness & Healing (ANTH/HMS 155)
  • Peoples & Cultures of Africa (AAS/ANTH 183)
  • Global Capitalism (ANTH/GS 320)
  • Globalization & Development in Africa (AAS/ANTH/GS 324)
  • Anthropology of the Muslim World (ANTH/REL 396)

Recent Publications

  • "Political Participation and Mobilization after Mali's 2012 Coup." African Studies Review 60(1): 15-35 (2017)
  • “Sadio’s Choice: Love, Materialism and Consensual Marriage in Bamako, Mali.” Africa Today 62(3): 28-46 (2016)
  • “Introduction: Rethinking Challenges to State Sovereignty in Mali and Northwest Africa.” African Security 8(4): 213-226 (with Francesco Strazzari, 2016)
  • "Definitions and the Experience of Fertility Problems: Infertile and Sub-fertile Women, Childless Mothers, and Honorary Mothers in Two Southern Nigerian Communities," Medical Anthropology Quarterly 28(1): 122-139 (with Marida Hollos) (2014)
  • A Festival of Brigands”: In search of democracy and political legitimacy in Mali,” Strategic Review for Southern Africa 35(2): 35-52 (2013)
  • Migrants and Strangers in an African City: Exile, Dignity, Belonging, Indiana University Press (2012)
  • "The Force of Action: Legitimizing the Coup in Bamako, Mali," Africa Spectrum 47(2-3): 93-110 (2012)
  • "What went wrong in Mali?" London Review of Books 34(16): 17-18 (2012)
  • "Centripetal Forces: Reconciling cosmopolitan lives and local loyalty in a Malian transnational social field," In West African Migrations: Transnational and Global Pathways in a New Century, edited by Olufemi Vaughan and Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome, Palgrave McMillan (2012)
  • « Approche comparative des familles dispersées (Mali/Congo) : Education et espaces nationaux », Autrepart 57/58 (2011)
  • "Enterprising Strangers: Social Capital and Social Liability Among African Migrant Traders," International Journal of Social Inquiry 4(1): 93-11 (2011)
  • "Suffering infertility: the impact of infertility on women's life experiences in two Nigerian communities," Journal of Biosocial Science 42(6): 787-814 (with Ulla Larsen, Marida Hollos, & Oka Obono) (2010)
  • "The problem of infertility in high fertility populations: Meanings, consequences and coping mechanisms in two Nigerian communities," Social Science & Medicine 68: 2061-2068 (with Marida Hollos, Ulla Larsen, & Oka Obono) (2009)
  • « Migrants et insécurité existentielle : le cas de Brazzaville », Hommes et Migrations 1279: 80-87 (2009)
  • "Transnational childrearing and the preservation of transnational identity in Brazzaville, Congo," Global Networks 9(1): 82-99 (2009)
  • "Discrimination, Despoliation and Irreconcilable Difference: Host-Immigrant Tensions in Brazzaville, Congo," Africa Spectrum 44(1): 39-59 (2009)
  • "(In)fertility and the modern female life course in two southern Nigerian communities," Ethnology 47(1): 23-43 (with Marida Hollos) (2008)

Fieldwork

  • Fulbright-funded field research in Bamako, Mali on marriage and polygyny, August 2011 - June 2012
  • Postdoctoral field research in southern Nigeria on women’s experiences of infertility, June – August 2007
  • Dissertation field research in Bamako, Mali and Brazzaville, Republic of Congo on transnational migration between West Africa and the Congo Basin, January 2005 – January 2006
  • Pre-dissertation research in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on West African immigrant communities in the Congo Basin, July – August 2003​
  • Field research in Koulikoro region of Mali on household organization and social cohesion in a migrant-sending community, May – August 2002