Adeline Masquelier

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Associate Professor of Anthropology


Tulane University


Mailing Address

Department of Anthropology
Tulane University
1021 Audubon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 504-862-3047
fax: 504-865-5338

Countries of Specialization


Research Interests

Doing research in rural Niger initially on spirit possession and since 1994 on reformist Islam.
Current research focuses on a reformist Islamic movement known as Izala, and more specifically on issues of knowledge, tradition, and morality and the recent controversies
surrounding worship, dress, and bridewealth among other things.
Also working on an edited book on nudity and dirt in cross- cultural perspective.

Teaching Interests

Teach courses on gender, medicine, religion, clothing and dress, colonialism, Sub-Saharan Africa, and anthropological theory.


Bori practices in Dogondoutchi, a Hausaphone community of southern Niger.

Prayer Has Spoiled Everything: Possession, Power, and Identity in an Islamic Town in Niger (2001, Duke University Press).

Article on twinship, witchcraft and the pathology of consumption, and popular representations of healthcare in Niger and also contributed essays on healing, clothing and Islamic identities to edited books.


gender, medicine, religion, clothing, colonialism, Sub-Saharan Africa, and anthropological theory.