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Lila Ann Wong

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Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
Sociocultural Anthropology & Linguistic Anthropology

Research Interests

dance, performance & practices of embodiment; racial capitalism, political economy & politics of cultural production in "postcolonial" West Africa; value; development; work; gender, race, class, and transnational networking in cultural industries; style, expression, genre and affect; "listening," improvisation and rhythm. Locations: Burkina Faso, France. Advisors: Dr. Faye Harrison & Dr. Krystal Smalls.


MA, African Studies (2014), Yale University
BA magna cum laude, American Studies & Dance (2009), Smith College


Problems in Decolonizing Academia, HRI Research Cluster (participant/convener), 2020-21

FLAS Fellowship (Bamanankan), Center for Global Studies, UIUC, Summer 2020 & Summer 2021

FLAS Fellowship (Arabic), Center for Global Studies, UIUC, Spring 2019; Academic Year 2019-20
Predoctoral Research Funding, Dept. of Anthropology, UIUC, 2019
Nancy Abelman Memorial Scholarship, UIUC, 2018
Lindsay Fellowship, Yale University, 2013
Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Grant, Modern Standard Arabic, Yale University, 2013-14
US Student Fulbright Fellow, Burkina Faso, 2009-10

Awards and Honors

Casagrande Award, Dept. of Anthropology, UIUC, 2019
Emerging Scholar Award Performance Studies Focus Group, Association for Theater in Higher Education, 2014
Josephine Ott Prize, Smith College, 2008
Tryon Prize, Smith College Art Museum, 2007