Emily Anne Williamson is a PhD student in anthropology at Boston University. Her current research focuses on questions of belonging, mobility, and storytelling among “zongos,” the name used to describe predominantly Muslim urban settlements in Ghana, West Africa. Emily holds a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia (UVA), and an undergraduate degree in Art History from Colby College. Emily has also worked as an architect in Washington, DC, collaborated on cultural heritage projects in Ghana, Peru, and Haiti, and has taught at Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Editor John Schaidler has also worked extensively on children’s literacy projects with Ghanaian students, teachers, community leaders and elders. Building on previous work at his children’s schools in Minneapolis and New York City, John spent the summers of 2012 and 2013 in the remote village of Humjibre, in Ghana’s Western District. There, working with local NGO the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI) and the local community, John introduced programs and concepts designed to foster a culture of reading for pleasure in elementary students and their caregivers.