Faculty & Staff

Sibel Kusimba

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997; Associate Professor

Sibel Kusimba is an Africanist anthropologist whose research in Kenya has examined the archaeology of hunter-gatherers, the origins of urbanism on the Kenya Coast, and the ethnohistory of leadership in the Tsavo region and in Western Kenya. Her current research project, funded by the Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion at the University of California at Irvine, examines the use of mobile money remittances by communities in Western Kenya. Her social network analysis approach examines remittance flows both within Kenya and by international migrants in the USA and Britain to home communities in Western Kenya. Her research seeks to understand the role of mobile money and cellular phone technologies on the cultural and economic practices of transnational families in Kenya and in the West.


Selected Publications

Kusimba, S. B. 2003. "African Foragers." Journal of Archaeological Research. Scheduled.

Kusimba, C. M., S. B. Kusimba, and B. Abgaje-Williams. 2003. "Precolonial African Cities: Size and Density." In Population and Preindustrial Cities: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, edited by G. Storey. University of Alabama Press.

Kusimba, C. M., and S. Kusimba. 2003. "East Africa." In African Archaeology: A Critical Introduction, edited by Ann Stahl. Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology, Blackwell Press, London.

Kusimba, S. B., and C. M. Kusimba. 2002. "History." In Darwin in Archaeology: A Handbook of Concepts, edited by John Terrell and John Hart. Bergin and Garvey, Westport, Ct., pp. 143-160.

Kusimba, S. B., and C. M. Kusimba. 2002. Comparing Prehistoric and Historic Hunter-gatherer Mobility in Southern Kenya. In Current Research Themes in Later East African Archaeology, edited by C. Kusimba and S. Kusimba. MASCA, The University of Pennsylvania Press.

Kusimba, S. B. 2002. "The Early Later Stone Age in East Africa: Excavations and Lithic Assemblages from Lukenya Hill, Kenya." African Archaeological Review 18:77-123.

Kusimba, S. B., and Fred H. Smith. 1999. "Acheulean." In The Encyclopedia of Prehistory, edited by P. Peregrine and M. Ember, pp. 1-22. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Kusimba, S. B. 1999. "Hunter-gatherer Land Use Patterns in Later Stone Age East Africa." Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 18:165-200.

Barut, S. 1997. "Later Stone Age Site Use Patterns at Lukenya Hill, Kenya." Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology 13:9-25.

Barut, S. 1995. "Obsidian Source Use at Lukenya Hill, Kenya." In Aspects of African Archaeology, edited by G. Pwiti and R. Soper. University of Harare Press, Harare, Zimbabwe, pp. 303-313.

Barut, S. 1994. "Middle and Later Stone Age Lithic Technology and Land Use Patterns in East African Savannas." African Archaeological Review 12:44-70.