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 recently published edited volume “Shrines in Africa: History, Politics and Society” explores the place of these loci of religious practice in marking out the cultural and ethnic landscape in Africa. 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.