Cultural anthropologist and novelist to address life for women in today’s Morocco

Posted on March 07, 2017 by Jennifer McManamay

Ethnographer, novelist and cultural anthropologist Rachel Newcomb will present a lecture, “Women, Migration and Transnational Marriage in Global Morocco,” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in Tyson Auditorium at Sweet Briar College.

Rachel Newcomb

Newcomb’s latest book, “Everyday Life in Global Morocco,” is due out later this year.

Newcomb is a professor of anthropology at Rollins College with research interests in the Middle East and North Africa, gender, Islam, modernity, globalization and identity. In addition to her B.A. from Davidson College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton, she has a master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University.

She has written for The Huffington Post and is a contributor to Washington Post Book World. She is the author of a 2013 novel, “The Gift,” and “Women of Fes: Ambiguities of Urban Life in Morocco,” a 2009 ethnography.

The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences hailed “Women of Fes” as “an outstanding contribution of Muslim world anthropology and gender studies.”

American Ethnologist similarly praised the book, saying, “No one reading this book will doubt that the author has lived up to her aim of making available nuanced portraits of a variety of Muslim women, sensitively and multivocally conveyed, in a domain of literature still dominated by stereotypes of ‘the oppressed Muslim woman.’ ”

For more information, contact Claudia Chang, professor of anthropology, at or (434) 381-6191.