Grace N. Ngugi

Grace N. Ngugi

African and African American Studies with a primary field in Anthropology
Grace Ngugi

Grace N. Ngugi is a doctoral student in the Department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in Anthropology.

In her work, she adopts critical perspectives on the study of race, gender, colonialism, capitalism and geography.

Her current research focuses on the history of slavery and indentureship in the Indian Ocean. She combines fragmentary archival material and  interdisciplinary methodologies—Black feminist theory, critical memory and archival studies, among others—that center people from the Swahili Coast of East Africa and explore how they navigate(d) the terrain of slavery and the afterlife of slavery.

Her previous work traces the genealogy of race and gender in female circumcisions discourse. She has also conducted research on Indigenous peoples’ land rights in Kenya.

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