About Mirjam de Bruijn

Anthropologist Mirjam de Bruijn is a senior researcher at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, as well as a Professor of Contemporary History and Anthropology of West and Central Africa at Leiden University’s Faculty of Arts. She is also an honorary fellow of the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Mirjam has done fieldwork in Cameroon, Chad and Mali. Her work has a clearly interdisciplinary character. An important theme throughout is how people manage risk (drought, war, etc.) in both rural and urban areas. In January 2012, she was awarded a VICI grant for her proposal entitled ‘Connecting in Times of Duress: Understanding Communication and Conflict in Middle Africa’s Mobile Margins‘. Read Mirjam’s profile on the ASC website.