My first travels to Tanzania were in 1999 and never did I imagine that I would return to the country in 2012 to lead a group of American students on a five month study abroad program. As with many of my adventures in anthropology, this one too has led me to embark on a new journey, for my interactions with Tanzanians have brought me back to my home away from home, South Africa.


In 2013, with my experiences in Tanzania in mind, I began a new project in South Africa that focused on the livelihoods of migrant Tanzanian women attempting to make a living as beauty salon hairdressers. This research was published in the Mail & Guardian Newspaper and was part of a larger project to make academic conversations accessible to a general audience. Please let me know what you think!