Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology


Brief Biography

Gwyneth Talley is a visual and cultural anthropologist who focuses on the intersections of gender, kinship, sport/leisure, and human/animal relationships in the Middle East and North Africa. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is interested in multispecies ethnography and the connection between environment, animals, and humans. She is a Fulbright Alumna, National Geographic Explorer, and National Geographic Expert for Morocco. Gwyneth is currently working on her first book project, “Gunpowder Women: Playing in Morocco’s Traditional Horse Sport.” It is based on three years of ethnographic fieldwork in Morocco. Gwyneth is also researching North African Muslim women athletes in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. This research asks how female athletes negotiate space for themselves within networks of power in local, national, and global contexts. Her research interests include North Africa, Orientalism, human-animal relationships, multispecies ethnography, ethnographic film, sports, equestrianism, Olympics, Islam, gender and kinship.