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Lecturer of African American & African Studies
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Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies
108 Minor Hall
PO Box 400162
Charlottesville, Virginia  22904-4162


B.A., Bucknell University
M.A., University of Chicago
M.A., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Virginia


Lisa Shutt earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Virginia in 2010 after earning her M.A. at the University of Chicago. In addition to holding a multi-year position as an association dean, Shutt has also taught for several years in UVA’s Department of Anthropology and in several of the University’s interdisciplinary programs including Women, Gender & Sexuality, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, Global Development Studies, and Media Studies.  Ms. Shutt’s research is located in the Central African nation of Gabon, where she examines local understandings about citizenship and national belonging in the city at the center of Gabon’s oil industry, Port-Gentil. She finds that the idea of a Gabonese national identity is frequently rejected by the citizenry despite being clearly observable in the performances that structure everyday life. More generally, Ms. Shutt’s research interests include transnational studies, colonialism/post-coloniality, media representations of Africa/race in the US, foodways and the history of anthropology.  She is a Faculty Fellow with Hereford Residential College.

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Associate and Affiliate Faculty