Ivor Miller

Senior Lecturer. Department of History & International Studies University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
Research Associate. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Visiting Researcher. African Studies Center. Boston University

1995      Northwestern University
Ph.D. Department of Performance Studies. Topic: Historical anthropology of trans-Atlantic Yorùbá cultural systems in colonial and contemporary Cuba.

1990      Yale University
M.A. African and African-American Studies: Anthropology and Art History.

1985      Hampshire College
B.A. Senior thesis project comparing history and function in West African, Afro-Caribbean, and African-American performance.

Book Award
2010      Elliott P. Skinner Book Award of the Association for Africanist Anthropology.

Honorable Mention for The Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba. Based on research in Cuba (1991-2009) and Nigeria-Cameroon (2004-2009).

Research Interests       
African Cultural History and Sacred Arts, Gendered Initiation Societies, African Diaspora. Primary Methods: Visual Anthropology, Historical Anthropology, Oral History, Ethnography.

2016-2017 Harvard University. Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. Project Title: “Cuban Lukumí Bàtá: Ajúbà to Oba Ilu.”

2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar. Associate/Full Professor Level. Lecturing/Research. University of Buea, Cameroon. Declined.

2015-2018 NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations. “Lydia Cabrera’s ‘The Sacred Language of the Abakuá’ and its West African Sources.” Translator & consultant.

2011-2012 Smithsonian Senior Fellow. The National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of Natural History. Washington D.C.

2009-2011 Fulbright Scholar. Associate/Full Professor Level. Lecturing/Research. University of Calabar, Nigeria.

Focus countries/regions in Africa: Nigeria and Cameroon, and its cultural diaspora in Cuba and the circum-Caribbean

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