Tyler Zoanni is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Anthropology (Ethnologie Afrikas) at the University of Bayreuth. He is currently writing a book about personhood and the lives and worlds of people with cognitive disabilities in Uganda. More generally Tyler’s research interests include religion and politics, kinship, aesthetics, political theory, medical anthropology, and visual anthropology, with a focus on East/Central Africa.
Born and raised in rural Montana, Tyler completed his PhD at New York University, after receiving a bachelor’s from the University of Chicago and a master’s from Harvard. Recent publications include edited collections in Cambridge Anthropology and Somatosphere and other articles in Medical Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and Anthropological Quarterly. Tyler’s research and writing have been generously supported by the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation/Society for Psychological Anthropology, and New York University.
Tyler is also a filmmaker and holds NYU’s Certificate in Culture and Media. His first film is The Ladies (13 min; Ukrainian with English subtitles; distributed by DER), an observational short evoking the routines of Ukrainian women who for 50 years have gathered to make dumplings for their church.