Campus: CSU Long Beach -- May 16, 2003
CSULB Anthropology Professor Receives NEH Summer
Stipend to Fund Research in East Africa
James Ellison, an assistant professor of anthropology at California
State University, Long Beach, has been awarded a $5,000 summer stipend
from the National Endowment for the Human-ities to fund research into
the formation of a large ethnic group in Africa.
Ellison, who joined the university in the fall of 2001, will visit London
in June for two months of research at the London School of Economics
and the Public Records Office before departing for Tanzania, East Africa,
to continue his work.
Ellison’s manuscript, “Colonial Performances: Remaking Nyakyusa
Tradition and Identity in 20th Century Eastern Africa,” seeks
to discover how colonial-era changes in popular rural dance performances
resulted in the Nyakyusa becoming one of the largest ethnic groups in
“There were only 117 of these grants awarded this year and I was
lucky enough to receive one and my first NEH grant at that,” said
Ellison, whose primary research interest is colonialism and who is fluent
both in Swahili and Nyakyusa.
“Getting this grant is good on a number of levels,” Ellison
noted. “It’s very good for me personally and professionally;
it will help me complete a book manuscript; it’s good for the
Depart-ment of Anthropology because it recognizes the quality of the
program we have here; and it’s good for CSULB because it shows
again that we successfully compete for prestigious national awards.”
Ellison received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University
and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Florida where
he served as a lecturer.