Associate professor of anthropology, international affairs, and Africana studies, director of the Diaspora Research Program, George Washington University; research associate, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture
As a maritime archaeologist and scholar of heritage, Stephen Lubkemann has conducted research in North America, the Caribbean, and Africa for over two decades. In 2008, he cofounded and serves as the international coordinator of the Slave Wrecks Project, an international collaboration of more than 80 scholars in 11 countries. He coauthored the best-selling volume From No Return: the 221 Year Voyage of the Slave Ship São Jose (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2016) about the slave shipwreck whose artifacts are featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. His research as a cultural anthropologist has focused on social change in war-torn societies (Angola, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa) with a particular focus on diaspora politics, refugees, and displacement; development and humanitarian action; and post-conflict justice and rule of law. His book Culture in Chaos (University of Chicago Press, 2008), which examines the social effects of the Mozambican civil war, was a finalist for the Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and coedited four peer-reviewed volumes, including the leading reader on Africa, Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation (Wiley-Blackwell 2010) and the forthcoming A Companion to the Anthropology of Africa (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018).