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Rosa De Jorio


Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Sociocultural Anthropology; Critical Heritage Studies; Political Anthropology; Islam and Public Culture; Sexuality and Gender; Migration and Globalization.



1997 Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


1989 M.Sc. in Social Anthropology, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK


1987 Laurea in Lettere (B.A.) with specialization in Ethnology and Anthropology Universitá degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Rome, Italy



De Jorio received a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a M.Sc. in social anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK; and a B.A. (Laurea) in Modern Literature with a specialization in ethno-anthropology from the University of Rome La Sapienza Italy.

De Jorio has carried out extensive fieldwork research in Mali, West Africa predominantly in urban areas. Topics of inquiry include the politics of cultural heritage; women’s networks and organizations;  Islam and the public sphere; displacement and globalization. Her research was sponsored by several institutions including the Social Science Research Council, the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA), and the Italian Institute for African studies.


(Service and Teaching Grants, Certificates, and Awards: A Selection)

  • 2015 UNF Certified Online Instructor and Course Developer 
  • 2012 Undergraduate Research Assistant Award, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, University of North Florida
  • 2011 Engaged Department Grant, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, University of North Florida
  • 2011  Certificate of recognition from the On Campus Transition Program
  • 2009  Undergraduate Research Award, Undergraduate Academic Enrichment Program.
  • 2009 Recipient of the Disability Resource Center Empowerment Award
  • 2004- Recipient of the first Outstanding International Service Award at the University of North Florida
  • 2003 Undergraduate Research Award, Undergraduate Academic Enrichment Program, University of North Florida



American Anthropological Association

American Ethnological Society
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
Association for Humanistic Anthropology
African Studies Association
Mande Studies Association (MANSA)
Institut des Sciences Humaines (Bamako, Mali)

Grants and Contracts Awarded

(Last five years)


2018 Faculty development Grant, UNF to conduct research on West African immigration to the US.

2015  Recipient of the Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium distinction (STARS) 

2013  Luce Foundation Grant to conduct outreach activities on women and Islam in Africa.

Publications & Presentations



  • Rosa De Jorio. 2016. Cultural Heritage in Mali in the Neoliberal Era. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press.


  • 2019. Introduction to Même pas peur ! Ethnographies of Security in the Sahel (coedited with Sten Hagberg). Mande Studies 21: 7-12.
  • 2016. Introduction to Supplement XII, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. (Suad Joseph, General Editor). Brill Online.
  • 2006. Introduction to Special Issue on Memory and the Formation of Political Identities in West Africa. Africa Today 52(4): v-ix.
  • 2002. Introduction to Special Issue on Narratives of the Past/Sites of Memory: Constructing Social, Religious, and Political Identities in the Postcolony. Polar: The Political and Legal Anthropology Review 25 (2): 1-4.


  • 2019. Conflict-Related Gender-Based Violence in Mali and the Limits of the Global System of Law. Mande Studies 21: 33-54.
  • 2013. Public Debate under Amadou Toumani Toure, Mali (West Africa). Hot Spots. Cultural Anthropology.
  • 2009. Between Dialogue and Contestation: Gender, Islam, and the Challenges of a Malian Public Sphere. Man: The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 15 (1): 95-111.
  • 2006. Politics of Remembering and Forgetting: The Struggle over Colonial Monuments in Mali. Africa Today 52(4): 79-106.
  • 2003. Narratives of the Nation and Democracy in Mali: A View from Modibo Keita’s Memorial. Cahiers d'Etudes Africaines 172 (4): 827-855.
  • 2002. When is Married Married? Multiple Marriage Avenues in Urban Mali. Mande Studies 4: 31-44.
  • 2002. Gendered Museum, Guided He(tour)topias: Women and Social Memory in Mali. Polar: The Political and Legal Anthropology Review 25 (2): 50-72.
  • 2001. Negoziare Tradizioni e Modernità: il Museo della Donna Muso Kunda a Bamako, Mali.  Etnosistemi 8 (8): 79-90.
  • 1997. Film Essay Reviews: Intersections of Local and Global Processes in Africa: On Multivocality and Context. American Anthropologist 99 (2): 372 - 379.
  • 1996. Modelli Divergenti e Strategie del Matrimonio nel Mali Contemporaneo. Africa (Italy), LI (4): 518-534.
  • 1993. Incontro con le Donne Bambara. Africa e Mediterraneo 5: 19-28.


  • 2017. Entre état d'urgence et insécurité résiduelle: réflexions autour de la gouvernementalité au Mali contemporain. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference of the Mande Studies Association Intersecting Identities: Coexistence, Conflict and Reconciliation in West Africa and Its Diasporas August 2-6, 2017 / 2-6 août 2017 International University of Grand Bassam (IUGB) Côte d’Ivoire.
  • 2013. Public Sphere. In R. Jon McGee and Richard L. Warms (eds.) Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia. SAGE.
  • 2010. Between Dialogue and Contestation: Gender, Islam, and the Challenges of a Malian Public Sphere. In Osella, Filippo and Benjamin Soares (eds.) Islam, Politics, Anthropology. Hoboken, NJ:Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 91-106. 
  • 2009. Da siti sacri a patrimonio pubblico: il caso di Djenne Mali (From Sacred Sites to Public Patrimony: The Case of Djenne, Mali). In Paola Bacchetti e Vanni Beltrami (eds.) Afriche: Scritti in Onore di Bernardo Bernardi. Rome: Istituto Italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente, pp. 207-220.
  • 2007. Women, Gender, and Memory: Sub-Saharan Africa. Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, vol. 6. (Suad Joseph, General Editor). Leiden (Netherlands): Brill, pp. 47-51 (with Maria Grosz-Ngate).
  • 2005. "Kinship" (pp. 1195-1199). In Horowitz, Maryanne Cline (ed.) New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Vol. 3. Detroit, MI: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp. 1195-1199.
  • 2001. Malian National Culture. In Countries and Their Cultures. Vol III, edited by Melvin Ember and Carol R. Ember. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, pp. 1384-1399. 
  • 2001. Women’s Organization, the Ideology of Kinship, and the State in Postindependence Mali. In New Directions in Anthropological Kinship, edited by Linda Stone. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, pp. 322-340.


De Jorio
Contact Information

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(904) 620-1642