Malika Imhotep

Doctoral Student

Malika Saramaat Imhotep graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University with and B.A. in African/Afro-American Studies (Highest Honors) and Socio-Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Creative Writing. Her Honors thesis used the relationship between Ghanaian Hiplife and Hip-Hop to explore themes of migration, nationalism, authenticity, and the cyclical nature of cultural production within the African diaspora.

 Malika’s work is currently engaged in understanding the potential, politics and necessity of black pain and joy  as accessed by women through diasporic processes of creative expression. Under this intentionally broad umbrella falls a specific interest in the way contemporary popular music of black and African origins communicates and scripts the performance and presentation of black female desire.