Ph.D., Anthropology, Boston University, MA

M.A., French Studies, the University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign, IL

M.Sc., Intercultural Mediation, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Beligum

B.A., English, Mohammed I University, Oujda, Morocco

Courses Taught


Society and Culture

Race and Migration

Language and Culture

Research Interests

Anthropology of Islam, Sufism, African languages, ʿAjamī (non-Arabic languages written with the modified Arabic script) traditions of Muslim Africa and its diasporas, anthropology of ethics, informal markets, migration, race and ethnicity, Latin America, West Africa, Brazil, Senegal


Journal Article:

 2023. “‘The Móodu-Móodu (Émigré) Deserves a Decent Burial Too’: Senegalese Migrants and the Politics of Repatriation during COVID-19.” Stichproben, no. 44: 129–45.

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters:

  1. “Mobility and Cultural Citizenship: The Making of a Senegalese Diaspora in Multiethnic Brazil.” In: Yana Meerzon, Daniel McNeil, and David Dean (eds), Migration and Stereotypes in Performance and Culture. Contemporary Performance InterActions. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 157-177.

  1. “Private Islamic Education in Africa.” In: Fallou Ngom, Mustapha H. Kurfi, and Toyin Falola (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Islam in Africa. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 577-598.

Magazine Articles:

May 22, 2020. “The Social Cost of Bolsonaro’s Denial.” The North American Congress on Latin America. [], Originally published in Portuguese in Sul21 (with Jeffery W. Rubin).

2019. “Fieldwork among Senegalese Muslim Migrants in Brazil during the FIFA World Cup.” American Ethnologist Website. July 31, 2019. [].

Gana Ndiaye

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

 Email:  Phone: 608-363-2317  Office: Godfrey 108

My research and teachings focus on migration, transnational Islam, Ajami literature, African languages, race, and ethnicity.

I earned a doctorate in Anthropology from Boston University, a master’s degree in French Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master of science in intercultural mediation: identities, mobility and conflicts at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Beligum, and a bachelor’s degree from Mohammad University, Oujda, Morocco, in English studies.

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