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Faculty: Research: Jesse Weaver Shipley

Jesse Weaver Shipley

Jesse Weaver Shipley, Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Chicago- is Associate Professor of Anthropology and member of Peace, Justice, and Human Rights and Africana Studies Programs at Haverford College. His research focuses on performance, popular culture, music, and film in Ghana and recent African Diasporas. He is concerned with urban life, labor, entrepreneurship, mobility, and new media technologies as they relate to life under changing economic regimes.  He has conducted field research in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Britain, and the United States. He is the author of Living the Hiplife: Celebrity and Entrepreneurship in Ghanaian Popular Music (Duke University Press 2013). He is also a filmmaker and visual artist with recent work including feature documentaries Living the Hiplife: Musical Life in the Streets of Accra (Third World Newsreel 2007) and Is It Sweet?: Tales of an African Superstar in New York (Third World Newsreel 2013) and the multi-channel video installation Black Star. Journal articles include publications in Public Culture, Cultural Anthropology, and Anthropological Quarterly. He is completing two manuscripts, one on the historical relationship between public culture, political spectacle, and charismatic leadership, and the other on theatre in postcolonial Ghana. His new research examines boxing and football as transnational sports.