Anika Wilson

Anika Wilson

Associate Professor

Mitchell Hall, 215A
414) 229-2889
Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2008

Research and Teaching Interests:

Gender and legal systems in southern Africa; rumor, gossip and urban legends; vernacular health beliefs (Africa); African religion and spirituality

Courses Offered:

Africol 100: Black Reality: Survey of Afican American Society
Africol 215: Black Social and Cultural Traditions
Africol 232: Survey of African Societies and Culture
Africol 351: Sex, Marriage, and Healthcare in the Afroworld
Africol 450: Cultural Transmissions: Black Africa, Black America
Africol 852: Folklore in the African World

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Folklore, Gender and AIDS in Malawi: No Secret Under the Sun (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) (Book Page)

"Of Love Potions and Witch Baskets: Domesticity, Mobility, and Occult Rumors in Malawi." Western Folklore 71:2 (Spring 2012) :149–173.(pdf 1.3mb)

African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, "Aids is the Past: Rumors of a New STI in the Age of AIDS Normalization." November 2013

"Come Divorce Me Because You are Divorcing Me. American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Providence, RI ." October 2013

Works in Progress:

Gender Conflict and the Law: Courts, Narratives, and the Vernacularization of Human Rights in Malawi (book project)

"Vanishing Hitchhiker, Vanishing gods: Urban Legends of the Spiritual Insecurity of Development"