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Chapurukha Kusimba

Professor of Anthropology, American University

Chapurukha (Chap) Kusimba holds his degrees from Bryn Mawr (PhD) and Kenyatta University in Nairobi. His specialties include the archaeology of complex societies and the origins of inequality, ancient African chiefdoms and states, urbanism in Africa, Islam in Africa, and the African Diaspora in Asia and the Americas. He directs multiple anthropological research projects in East Africa and Madagascar. His current project based on the Kenyan Coast is investigating Ancient Trade Networks Between East Africa, South, Southeast and East Asia.


  • –present
    Professor of Anthropology, American University