Allan C. Dawson (Ph.D. McGill University) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology. His research is concerned with issues of ethnicity and identity in West Africa and in the African Diaspora; ethnicity and globalization; identity and violence; religious innovation; chieftaincy; and traditional religious practice in the West African Sahel. His research is also concerned with issues of Blackness and Afro-Brazilian identity within the context of the broader Black Atlantic world.  Dawson has conducted extensive ethnographic research in Brazil, Ghana, Benin, and Nigeria.