Dr. Andrea Mariko Grant

Dr. Andrea Mariko Grant
Postdoc 2022-2024

BA (McGill), MSc (Edinburgh), MPhil (Cantab), DPhil (Oxon)

Area of expertise

Social anthropology; art, media, & popular culture; Japanese Canadian history & identity; youth politics in Rwanda


Andrea Mariko Grant is a social anthropologist with research interests in art, popular culture, and media, and their intersections with identity and politics. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow on the Past Wrongs, Future Choices project, where she will explore Nikkei art, past and present, with a particular focus on Japanese Canadian “amateur” poetry and visual art. Her point of departure here is the self-published poetry and painting of her Issei grandmother, Etsuko Tsuji. She is interested in tracing transnational and intergenerational exchanges between Nikkei artists that may have happened in the past and are currently happening in the present. Her work seeks to address the question: what does legacy or inheritance mean within a community that has been forcibly disbanded and dispersed?

Before coming to the University of Victoria, she was a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge (2014-2020). She received her PhD (DPhil) in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. Her past work explored urban youth politics and popular culture in Rwanda, with a particular interest in questions of sound and voice.

Selected Publications:

(Under contract) Youth, Pentecostalism, and Popular Music in Rwanda. International African Library Series, Cambridge University Press.

2021. ‘Competing Development ‘Visions’? State Anxieties and Church Closures in Rwanda’, Anxiety in and about Africa: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Approaches. Edited by Yolana Pringle and A.M Grant. Ohio University Press.

2021. ‘Public Religion after Genocide: Pentecostal Sounds and Voice in Rwanda’, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 41(2): 194-204.

2019. ‘Bringing The Daily Mail to Africa: Entertainment Websites and the Creation of a Digital Youth Public in Post-Genocide Rwanda’, Journal of Eastern African Studies 13(1): 106-123. Also published as a book chapter in: Publics in Africa in a Digital Age (2022), edited by Sharath Srinivasan, Stephanie Diepeveen, and George Karekwaivanane. Abingdon: Routledge.

2018. ‘Noise and Silence in Rwanda’s Post-Genocide Religious Soundscape’, Journal of Religion in Africa 48: 35-64.

2018. ‘Ecumenism in Question: Rwanda’s Contentious Post-Genocide Religious Landscape’, Journal of Southern African Studies 44(2): 221-238.

2017. ‘The Making of a “Superstar”: The Politics of Playback and Live Performance in Post-Genocide Rwanda’, Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute 87(1): 155-179.

2015. ‘Quiet Insecurity and Quiet Agency in Post-Genocide Rwanda’, Etnofoor 27(2): 15-36.

2015. with Imogen Clark. ‘Sexuality and Danger in the Field: Starting an Uncomfortable Conversation’, Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 2(1): 1-14.