Department of Sociology

Anima Adjepong

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Anima Adjepong



Cultural Studies; Diaspora; Immigration; Postcolonial Theory; Sociology of Sport; Sexualities; Gender; Race and Ethnicity; Qualitative Sociology


Anima Adjepong is a graduate student in the Sociology Department at the University of Texas at Austin and a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow. Their research engages with postcolonial and diaspora theories to examine the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and popular culture. Anima's dissertation examines the processes that communities employ to create expansive and/or contracted boundaries. This ethnographic case study zeros in on an intentionally curated community of Ghanaians living in Texas to understand how the members of this community understand themselves as African, American, and global citizens. 

Anima's thesis, We kind of bro out with each other too: Gender, race, and sexuality on and off the rugby pitch, examines how whiteness and (hetero)sexuality shape the gendered experiences of women who play rugby in the United States. It received the 2014 Outstanding Masters' Thesis Award from the University of Texas - Austin. Articles from this research can be found in the journals Sport in Society and International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

Anima received an A.B. from Princeton University in Comparative Literature. Prior to attending UT, Anima worked in education research consulting in Washington, DC. While in graduate school Anima has also undertaken research consulting projects for a college access program in Central Texas. 

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