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Marissa Moorman

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Expert on politics and culture in Southern Africa, Angola especially, and on African media studies.

Professor, African Cultural Studies College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-2487 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @mjmoorman


  • My work centers the lives and actions of African people and institutions.
  • How can we tell stories about Africa and Africans that overturn stereotypes? How have Africans shaped the world we live in?
  • I study history and its impact in the present. Peoples lives, cultural practices, and politics anchor what I do.


  • Author of two books and numerous journal articles and book chapters on nation and music, fashion, urban studies, African film, liberation movements and radio.
  • Quoted and published in The Guardian, NPR, Africa is a Country, and in the Angolan press. Author of liner notes.
  • Editor of blog posts, book projects that focus on African artists, and journal articles who brings African lives and histories to public conversations.