Marguerite Lenius

Position title: Adjunct Professor


214 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
Office hours: By appointment

Curriculum Vitae 

B.A. Columbia University
M.A. University of Wisconsin–Madison
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin–Madison

Research Interests
Dr. Lenius’ research focuses on body adornment, performance, and the role the senses play in creating figurative imagery in traditional healing contexts in Bantu-speaking communities in northeastern and coastal Tanzania.

Marguerite E. H. Lenius is an African art historian, a trained theater actor, and a recent graduate of UW. Her teaching interests include cross-cultural influences on the production of art in pre-colonial and colonial Africa, the history of representing Africa in American museums, and the effects of ancient artistic traditions on contemporary African artists. She is currently preparing her dissertation, “We are the Dancing People!”: Perceiving, Performing, Portraying the Body Through Dress in Shambaa Mivigha in Northeastern Tanzania,” for publication.

“Dancing Nkhoba: The Flow of Sound, Movement, and Healthy Bodies among the Shambaa of Tanzania.” In Sensiotics: Critical Perspectives in African Art, edited by Moyo Okediji. Ilé-Ifẹ̀, Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo University Press.

AH/AFROAMER 241: Introduction to African Art and Architecture
AH 303: Ancient Arts of Africa: The Nile and Niger Rivers