Molly Margaretten

Emily “Molly” Margaretten

Associate Professor of Anthropology

[email protected]
Office: East 303

  • Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations

Basic Information


  • B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology, Colgate University
  • M.A. in Anthropology, Yale University
  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Yale University


Courses Taught

  • ANT 110 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANT 175 Africa and Human Rights
  • ANT 210 Societies of Africa
  • ANT 232 Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 215 Ethnographic Research Methods
  • ANT 222 Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
  • ANT 327 Global Youth Cultures
  • ANT 314 Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft
  • ANT 335 Urban Anthropology
  • ANT 402 History of Anthropological Theory

Personal website:

Awards & Honors

  • ACM Director and Visiting Faculty Member, Botswana: Development in Southern Africa Study Abroad Program, 2016
  • Max Planck Institute Fellowship for Writing Invisibility Project, 2013
  • ACM Director and Visiting Faculty Member, Tanzania: Ecology and Human Origins Study Abroad Program, 2012
  • Ethical Leadership Faculty Summer Grant, 2011
  • Andrew Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2008-2010
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, 2005
  • Fulbright-Hays: Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant, 2003-2004
  • National Science Foundation (NSF): Cultural Anthropology Dissertation Grant, 2003-2004
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS): Summer Fellowship, 2001



  • 2015. Street Life Under a Roof: Youth Homelessness in South Africa. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Journal Articles

  • 2011.  Standing (K)in: Street Youth and Street Relatedness. City and Society. 23(S1):44-64.
  • 2011.  uGogo: Residing with the Spectral in South Africa. Transition. Spring Issue 104:2-27.
  • 2009.  Street Life under a Roof. Anthropology and Humanism.  34(2)163-178.

Chapters in Edited Books

  • 2014. Parting Homes in KwaZulu-Natal IN Ekhaya: The Politics of Home in KwaZulu-Natal. Pp. 190-213. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.
  • 2013. I Get Money, Now I Get Trouble: Tanzanian Women in Durban IN Writing Invisibility: Conversations on the Hidden City. Pp. 70-81. Mail & Guardian and African Centre for Migration and Society.

Newspaper Article

  • 2013. Making Hairdo: Paucity and Proverbs in Durban. Mail & Guardian.

Book Reviews

  • 2015 (in press). War in Worcester: Youth and the Apartheid State by Pamela Reynolds. Political and Legal Anthropology Review.
  • 2012 Money and Violence: Financial Self-Help Groups in a South African Township by Erik Bähre. American Ethnologist. 39(3):644-645.

Areas of Interest

  • Global health
  • Sub-saharan Africa
  • Youth cultures
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Kinship studies
  • Urban anthropology
  • Transnationalism and migration

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Association for Africanist Anthropology
  • Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
  • Society for Humanistic Anthropology
  • Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology
  • African Studies Association