Personal profile


Dr. Gearhart Mafazy received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida in 1998. She takes an interdisciplinary approach (Visual Anthropology, History, and Performance Studies) to her research on non-western music and dance performance traditions. Her area of interest is East Africa, where she has frequently lived over the past twenty years, primarily among the Swahili people of the Kenya coast. Professor Gearhart Mafazy is currently working on a book-length manuscript on Swahili expressive arts.

To view a partial collection of images from Professor Gearhart Mafazy's research, please visit the Swahili Expressive Arts Collection.


  • Anthropology