M. Yunus Rafiq

M. Yunus Rafiq
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU

M. Yunus Rafiq is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU. His research and practice centers on cultural anthropology and ethnographic studies. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, in 2017 Rafiq performed an ethnographic study in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with the Ifakara Health Institute on Wazazi Nipendeni--text messages for a maternal and child health campaign implemented by Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and funded by the Presidents Emergency for Aids Relief (PEPFAR). From 2015 to 2016, Rafiq performed another ethnographic study in Tanga, Tanzania on the community's reception of a maternal and child health project with the Transparency for Development and ASH Center, Kennedy School of Governance. Rafiq is also served as a Research Affiliate at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania between 2014 and 2016. 


Select Publications

  • Book Chapters: “Empowerment as a Liminal State: Lessons from Rural Tanzania,” and “Experiencing a Village: Health, History and Ethno-Religious Cleavages in Rural Tanzania.” Experiencing Encouraged Participation: A Case Study of Two Countries, Tanzania and Indonesia ed. Stephen Kosack. Revising
  • Rafiq et al. “Perceptions and Attitudes of Religious Leaders on Family Planning: Lessons Learnt from Connect in Kilombero District, Morogoro Region, Tanzania.” British Medical Journal. Revising
  • Rafiq, M. Yunus. “Pedagogies of the State: Rural Health Projects and Subject Making in Tanzania.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly. In preparation
  • Juma et al. “Prevalence and Assessment of Malnutrition Among Children Attending the Reproductive and Child Health Clinic at Bagamoyo District Hospital.” BMC Public Health. 2016
  • Obinna, Zachary & Rafiq, M. “Modernity and Mganga: Herbal, Spiritual and Modern Medical Practices in Western in Mombasa, Kenya.” African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2016



  • PhD, Anthropology
    Brown University
  • MA, African Studies
    Yale University

Research Interests

  • Anthropology of Public Health
  • Islam in Africa
  • Media and Governance

Courses Taught

  • Ethnographic Thinking
  • Human Society and Culture