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Daria Trentini


fall18Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Office Location: 105D Howard Hall

I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Drake, where I teach classes on cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, anthropology of religion, and global political violence (among other courses).

My PhD in anthropology is from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, with a dissertation on traditional healers in Mozambique.

After obtaining my PhD, I moved to South Africa, where I served as a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

With areas of focus in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean, my research interests are in African healing, spirit possession, anthropology of Islam, political anthropology, anthropological theory, and ethnographic writing.  I have conducted extensive fieldwork in the city of Nampula, the third largest city in Mozambique. Based on this research I have published on spirit possession and Islam, and traditional medicine and children.

My monograph “ At Ansha’s: Life in the Spirit Mosque of a Healer in Mozambique” is forthcoming in July 2021 from Rutgers University Press for their Medical Anthropology Series. My other recent ethnographic projects explore memory and political violence in Mozambique.

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