Chapurukha Kusimba (USA/Kenya), Professor and Curator of African Anthropology & Archaeology

Chapurukha Kusimba (USA/Kenya), Professor and Curator of African Anthropology &Archaeology, Field Museum of Natural History & University of Illinois-Chicago, USA

Professor and Curator of African Anthropology & Archaeology, Field Museum of Natural History & University of Illinois-Chicago, USA

Biography:

Currently Chapurukha Kusimba serves on the Museum’s Scholarship Committee and Science Advisory Council. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Departments of Anthropology at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He has served also as curator of African Archaeology and Ethnology at the Field Museum since 1994.

He is involved in a number of disciplinary and interdisciplinary field and collection-based research projects as well as interdisciplinary and interdepartmental research projects and student teaching and mentoring in collection-based, laboratory and field research.  Furthermore, he has initiated international collaborative programs with colleagues at the National Museums of Kenya, Kenya Wildlife Services, Deccan College, India and Pardubice University, Czech Republic. Mr. Chapurukha has also been actively involved in collection management and exhibit planning and development. The research programs he brought with me to Museum as well as those he has initiated have enhanced and complemented those of the Museum’s faculty and the Anthropology Program at the University of Illinois.

His research agenda focuses on the role of economy, technology and politics in the development of urban societies.  In India, he is  studying the role of South Asian merchants on African urbanism.  In the Czech Republic, he is studying the rural responses to global economic and political transformations.
His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (1990-91, 1996-98, 2000-2002, 2003-2004), The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (1990-91), National Geographic Society (1996-98), Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (1990), Eli Lilly Foundation (1998), Chicago 2020 (2000) and the Norwottock Charitable Trust (2005).