My name is Bruce Whitehouse. I am an anthropologist based at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I have spent about five years in Mali, initially as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Sikasso region (1997 – 2000), and most recently as a Fulbright Scholar in Bamako (August 2011 – June 2012). I consider Bamako a “budding metropolis” because, while it’s nowhere near as large as cities like Lagos, Kinshasa or Johannesburg, it is believed to have about two million inhabitants and to be Africa’s fastest-growing city. I created this blog in 2011 to describe some of the changes that have been taking place in Bamako, and some of the delights and challenges of living in this city. Since Mali’s political crisis began in early 2012 I’ve been writing about national-level issues as well. To learn more about my research and work as a professor of anthropology at Lehigh University, see my professional website.
Seen in Bamako