Bruce Whitehouse

Associate Professor of Anthropology
31 Williams Drive, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015
Ph.D., Brown University, 2007
Cultural anthropology; sub-Saharan Africa; globalization; the state; migration; transnationalism; marriage; medical anthropology; Islam.

Research Interests

  • Transnational migration (western Sahel to Central Africa, Europe & N. America)
  • Marriage and polygyny
  • Population dynamics
  • Urbanization and urban identities
  • Domestic structure and households
  • States and state failure in Africa
  • The western Sahel region
  • Bamako, Mali
  • Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Courses Taught

  • Cultural Diversity & Human Nature (ANTH 011)
  • Cultural Study & Globalization (ANTH/GS 106)
  • Health, Illness & Healing (ANTH/HMS 155)
  • Peoples & Cultures of Africa (AAS/ANTH 183)
  • So You Want to Save the World (ANTH/GS 317)
  • Global Capitalism (ANTH/GS 320)

Forthcoming book

         Enduring Polygamy: Plural Marriage and Social Change in an African Metropolis, Rutgers University Press

         - See accompanying 7-minute video

Recent Publications


  • Second stage of research in Bamako, Mali on marriage and polygyny, December 2019-January 2020
  • Fulbright-funded field research in Bamako, Mali on marriage and polygyny, August 2011 - June 2012
  • Postdoctoral field research in southern Nigeria on women’s experiences of infertility, June – August 2007
  • Dissertation field research in Bamako, Mali and Brazzaville, Republic of Congo on transnational migration between West Africa and the Congo Basin, January 2005 – January 2006
  • Pre-dissertation research in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on West African immigrant communities in the Congo Basin, July – August 2003​
  • Field research in Koulikoro region of Mali on household organization and social cohesion in a migrant-sending community, May – August 2002