Christine Thu Nhi Dang
My research explores the relationship between music, sacred poetry, and spiritual community in West Africa. My dissertation specifically examines the role of Sufi singing in the production of both religious memory and Muslim identity in urban Senegal. Aside from Islam in Africa, my other interests include the modern Middle East, global Christianity, and the music of the Vietnamese diaspora. Currently a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow in Arabic, I have also been supported by fellowships from the Department of State, the Department of Education, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the University of Pennsylvania.