Ph.D. and M. Phil, Yale University.
Areas of Focus:
Socio-cultural anthropology; transnational mobility and insecurity in contemporary West Africa
Susanna Fioratta is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on transnational mobility and insecurity in contemporary West Africa.
She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the Republic of Guinea and among Guinean migrants in Senegal, exploring how experiences of migration are motivated not only by economic need but also by dynamic notions of personhood, Islamic subjectivity, and historiographies of political persecution.
Her next project examines relations of mobility, exclusion, and inequality between Africa and China, focusing on the perspectives of individual Guinean traders and consumers who buy and sell Chinese merchandise.
Her other interests include ethnicity and belonging, anthropology of the state, socialisms and postsocialisms, informal and illicit economies, and rumor, secrecy, and conspiracy theory.
She teaches courses including introduction to cultural anthropology, senior conference, and topics in political anthropology.