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Elisha Renne

Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Professor, Anthropology.

Professor, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Ph.D., New York University

Dr. Renne’s interests include African ethnology; fertility and reproductive health; gender relations; the anthropology of development; religion and social change; and the anthropology of cloth. Renne's current projects include a study of Hausa women and the effects of Islamic education in a Northern Nigerian town, and a study of textiles used in religious worship in southwestern Nigeria in the 20th century.

Recent Publications


Renne, Elisha. 2010. The Politics of Polio in Northern Nigeria. Bloomington : Indiana University Press.

Journal Articles

Wilson, Mark L., Elisha Renne, Carla Roncoli, Peter Agyei-Baffour, and Emmanuel Yamoah Tenkorang. 2015. "Integrated Assessment of Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Ghana — Part 3: Social Sciences and Economics." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(7): 8133-8156. PMCID: PMC4515713. DOI. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 2014. "Parallel Dilemmas: Polio Transmission and Political Violence in Northern Nigeria." Africa, 84(3): 466-486. DOI. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 2013. "The motorcycle Sallah durbars of Zaria 2012." Anthropology Today, 29(4): 12-16. DOI. Abstract.

Maiwada, Salihu, and Elisha Renne. 2013. "The Kaduna Textile Industry and the Decline of Textile Manufacturing in Northern Nigeria, 1955-2010." Textile History, 44(2): 171-196. DOI. Abstract.

Long, R., Elisha Renne, T. Robins, M. Wilson, K. Pelig-Ba, M. Rajaee, A. Yee, E. Koomson, C. Sharp, John M. Lummis, and N. Basu. 2013. "Water Values in a Ghanaian Small-Scale Gold Mining Community." Human Organization, 72(3): 199-210. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 2012. "Educating Muslim Women and the Izala Movement in Zaria City, Nigeria." Islamic Africa, 3(1): 55-86. DOI. Abstract.

Basu, N., D.H. Nam, E. Kwansaa-Ansah, Elisha Renne, and J.O. Nriagu. 2011. "Multiple metals exposure in a small-scale artisanal gold mining community." Environmental Research, 111(3): 463-467. DOI. Abstract.


Renne, Elisha. 2012. "What to wear? Dress and transnational african identity." In West African Migrations: Transnational and Global Pathways in a New Century edited by Okome, M. O., Vaughan, O.. Palgrave Macmillan. Abstract.

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