Bio

Anthropologist Sibel Kusimba conducts anthropological and archaeological fieldwork in Kenya. She conducted research on mobile money in Kenya in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017, and she has garnered numerous grants, including three National Science Foundation Grants, one of which was an REU grant in 2007-2008 to support an NSF undergraduate research site in Kenya; three grants through The Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI) in 2012, 2014, and 2015; and two year-long Fulbright appointments through the US Department of State to Kenya, along with faculty research grants from Northern Illinois University and American University. She has published numerous book chapters and articles. Her 2003 book, African Foragers, was named an outstanding academic book by the American Library Association. Her research conducted with funding from IMTFI is being published in the peer-reviewed journals Information Technology in International Development, The African Studies Review, and Economic Anthropology. Dr. Kusimba’s work is featured in an IMTFI video, a webinar Wednesday through the American Anthropological Association, and a webinar she co-presented with founders of the M-Pesa crowdfunding platform M-Changa. Currently she is working with the M-Changa team to design fundraising software in Kenya for social networks of family, friends and other groups. She has also spoken to The East African,  The Voice of America, and Business Daily Africa about mobile money in Kenya and her research has been featured in Next Billion.

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