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Elisha Renne

Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Associate Professor, Anthropology.

Associate Professor, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.

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

Books

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

Renne, Elisha. 2003. Population and Progress in a Yoruba Town. Ann Arbor MI: University of Michigan Press. Abstract.

Journal Articles

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. 2009. "Review: Painting for the Gods: Art and Aesthetics of Yoruba Religious Murals." African Studies Review, 52(2): 227-228.

Renne, Elisha. 2009. "Spirit, Structure, and Flesh: Gendered Experiences in African Instituted Churches among the Yoruba of Nigeria." Journal of Religion in Africa, 39(2): 221-222. DOI.

Roberts, A.F., and Elisha Renne. 2009. "Christian Arts of Africa and its Diaspora Introduction." Material Religion, 5(1): 4-9. DOI. Abstract.

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