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Kristin Murphy

Kristin Murphy

UNI: 
km632
Kristin
Murphy
Department: 
Sociology
Cohort Year: 

Warren McKinney

Warren McKinney

UNI: 
wtm2104
wtm2104@columbia.edu
Warren
McKinney
Department: 
Sociology
Room: 
Knox Hall 612
Office Hours: 
Tuesday 2 pm - 4 pm
Areas of Interest: 
Race/Ethnicity, Decolonization and State Formation in Africa, Economic Development in Africa, African Political Economy, International Migration, Tourism
Areas of Specialty: 
Race & Ethnicity, Cultural Sociology, Political Sociology
Biographical Note: 

Warren McKinney is a PhD candidate and Paul F. Lazarfeld Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University.  His research and teaching center on matters of race and ethnicity with a particular focus on political economy in West Africa and the United States.  His work examines how categories of racial, national, and ethnic identity become both the object of state manipulation and vehicles for social action.  Warren’s dissertation project,  “Incorporating Diaspora: Blurring Distinctions of Race and Nationality through Heritage Tourism in Ghana,” examines an ongoing effort of the Ghanaian state to mobilize the resources and skills of communities of African descent abroad towards its own economic development.  The project demonstrates the creative reconstitution of ethnic, racial, and national identity categories through a tourism industry that politicizes African heritage by commemorating the Atlantic slave trade and allows the state to position itself as the singular homeland of the African diaspora.  The investigation relies on the analysis of tourism guide materials and travel narratives, state tourism administration policies, and ethnographic observations collected at the one-time slave castles that were developed into UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  

Dissertation: 
Incorporating Diaspora: Blurring Distinctions of Race and Nationality through Heritage Tourism in Ghana
Cohort Year: 
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