Bio


Paulla Ebron joined the department in 1992. Ebron is the author of Performing Africa, a work based on her research in The Gambia that traces the significance of West African praise-singers in transnational encounters. A second project focuses on tropicality and regionalism as it ties West Africa and the U.S. Georgia Sea Islands in a dialogue about landscape, memory and political uplift. This project is entitled, "Making Tropical Africa in the Georgia Sea Islands." For the past four years she has taken a team of students to Charleston, South Carolina, to participate in the Stanford Sea Island Field School in collaboration with the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.

Academic Appointments


  • Associate Professor, Anthropology

Administrative Appointments


  • Affiliated Faculty, Stanford Archaeology Center (2010 - Present)
  • Research Fellow, Clayman Institute, Stanford University (2008 - 2009)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University (2003 - Present)
  • John Hope Franklin Fellow, National Humanities Center (2000 - 2001)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, National Humanities Center (2000 - 2001)
  • Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center (1997 - 1998)
  • Zora Neale Hurston Fellow, Institute for the Advanced Study and Research in the African Humanities, Northwestern University (1996 - 1996)
  • Fellow, Center for Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz (1995 - 1996)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Ford Foundation (1995 - 1996)
  • Research Associate, Five College Women’s Studies Center, Mt. Holyoke College, Autumn (1994 - 1994)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University (1992 - 2003)
  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Northwestern University, Institute for the Advanced Study and Research in African Humanities (1991 - 1992)
  • Fellowship, Roothbert Fund (1988 - 1990)

Honors & Awards


  • Scholar in Residence, Reed College (1990-1991)
  • Marilyn Yalom Research Award, Stanford university (1995)
  • OTL Award, Stanford University (2000-2001)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member of the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2004 - 2005)
  • Reviewer, National Academy of Sciences (Ford Foundation) (2007 - 2011)
  • Reviewer, National Humanities Center (2007 - 2007)
  • Reviewer, National Humanities Center (2009 - 2009)
  • Reviewer, National Humanities Center (2010 - 2010)
  • Member, American Academy in Berlin
  • Promotion Evaluator, University of Chicago
  • Promotion Evaluator, Duke University
  • Promotion Evaluator, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Peer Reviewer, African Studies Review
  • Peer Reviewer, American Anthropologist
  • Peer Reviewer, American Ethnologist
  • Peer Reviewer, Anthropological Quarterly
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal Cultural Anthropology
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of European Studies Signs
  • Peer Reviewer, Blackwell Publishers
  • Peer Reviewer, Duke University Press
  • Peer Reviewer, University of Illinois Press
  • Peer Reviewer, University of Minnesota

Program Affiliations


  • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amhers, Anthropology (1993)
  • M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1987)
  • B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1984)

2017-18 Courses


Stanford Advisees


All Publications


  • Strike a Pose: Capitalism's Black Identity Recharting the Black Atlantic Ebron, P. A. edited by Oboe, A., Scacchi, A. Routledge Research in Atlantic Studies. 2008: 319–336
  • Constituting the Subject Through Performative Acts: The Making of West African Gendered Subjects Africa After Gender Ebron, P. A. edited by Cole, C., Manuh, T., Miescher, S. F. Indiana University Press. 2007: 171–190
  • Contingent Stories: Anthropology, Race, and Feminism Feminist Anthropology Ebron, P. A. edited by Lewin, E. Blackwell Publishing. 2006
  • The political life of nature AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST Ebron, P. A. 2005; 107 (2): 264-267
  • Continental Riffs: Encounters with Mande Music Black Cultural Traffic Ebron, P. A. edited by Elam, H., Jackson, K. University of Michigan Press. 2005
  • Continental Riffs: Encounters with Mande Music African Identities Ebron, P. A. 2004; 2 (2): 133-149
  • Performing Africa Ebron, P. A. Princeton University Press. 2002
  • Rumba on the River: a history of the popular music of the two Congos (Book Review) JOURNAL OF MODERN AFRICAN STUDIES Book Review Authored by: Ebron, P. A. 2001; 39 (4): 733-735
  • Contingent Stories: Anthropology, Race, and Feminism Black Feminist Anthropology: Theory, Praxis, Politics and Poetics Ebron, P. A. edited by McClaurin, I. Rutgers. 2001: 211–232
  • Mestizo logics: Anthropology of identity in Africa and elsewhere. (Book Review) AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST Book Review Authored by: Ebron, P. A. 2000; 102 (1): 178-179
  • Tourists as pilgrims: commercial fashioning of transatlantic politics AMERICAN ETHNOLOGIST Ebron, P. A. 1999; 26 (4): 910-932
  • Hair raising: Beauty, culture, and African American women. (Book Review) SIGNS Book Review Authored by: Ebron, P. A. 1999; 24 (2): 545-547
  • Enchanted memories of regional difference in African American culture AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST Ebron, P. A. 1998; 100 (1): 94-?
  • Traffic in Men Gendered Encounters: Challenging Cultural Boundaries and Social Hierarchies in Africa Ebron, P. A. edited by Grosz-Ngate, M., Kokole, O. Routledge. 1996: 223–244
  • BLACK NOISE - RAP MUSIC AND BLACK-CULTURE IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA - ROSE,T (Book Review) CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY-A JOURNAL OF REVIEWS Book Review Authored by: Ebron, P. A. 1995; 24 (3): 400-401
  • From Allegories of Identity to Sites of Dialogue Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies Ebron, P. A., Tsing, A. 1995; 4 (2): 125-151
  • In Dialogue: Reading Across Minority Discourses Women Writing Culture Ebron, P. A., Tsing, A. edited by Behar, R., Gordon, D. University of California Press. 1995: 390–411
  • Rapping Between Men: Performing Gender Radical America Spring Ebron, P. A. 1991; 23 (4): 23-27
  • THE WOMAN IN THE BODY - A CULTURAL ANALYSIS OF REPRODUCTION - MARTIN,E (Book Review) AMERICAN ETHNOLOGIST Book Review Authored by: TSING, A. L., Ebron, P. A. 1988; 15 (1): 168-169