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Center for African Studies & Department of Anthropology



Office Location: 439 Grinter Hall

Areas of specialization: Transnationalism, Migration, the Politics of Diaspora and Belonging, Religion and Mobility.

Abdoulaye Kane holds a joint position with the Center for African Studies and the Department of Anthropology at UF. He earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2001 from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Dr. Kane specializes in international migration and transnationalism with an emphasis on Africa and more specifically the Sahel region (Senegal, Mauritania, and Mali. He is currently working on a book manuscript exploring transnational religious circuits connecting Senegalese Sufi Orders to their followers in Europe via North Africa (Morocco). At the center of his explorations is the experience of Senegalese Tijani religious leaders and their followers in building annual travelling circuits and religious events reinforcing religious practices and belonging in a global context. Dr. Kane teaches courses on Transnationalism, International Migration, Global Connections, Africans Abroad, and Anthropology of Modern Africa.

Selected Publications


Kane, Abdoulaye. & Leedy T. (eds) 2013. African Migrations: Patterns and Perspectives, (Bloomington: Indiana University Press).

Dilger H., Kane A. & Langwick S. (eds) 2012 Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa: Transnational Health and Healing, ( Bloomington: Indiana University Press).

Kane, A., 2010. Tontines, caisses de solidarité et banquier ambulants. Univers des pratiques financières informelles au Sénégal et dans la Diaspora [Tontines, Solidarity Funds and Mobile Bankers: The Universe of Informal Financial Practices in Senegal and in the Diaspora,] (Paris: l’Harmattan).


Kane A., 2010.  “Charity and Self-Help. Migrants’ Social Networks and Health Care in the Homeland.” Anthropology Today, 26:4, pp. 8-12.

Kane, A. 2005. “Les diasporas africaines et la mondialisation.” In Horizons Maghrébins, 53 , pp. 54-61.


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