Alex Perullo is a Professor of Anthropology, African Studies, and Music at Bryant University in the United States. He recently received a Fulbright Scholar Award to live and concuct research in London as part of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was also named a Centenary Scholar at SOAS.
In addition to many articles and reviews, which you can find under Publications, Perullo published two books on African music economies and is currently working on a new manuscript titled, These Rights Are Ours: Ownership, Property, and Law in African Music. The project is being completed in conjunction with a five-year fellowship that Perullo received from the Framing the Global project. Framing the Global is a partnership between Indiana University's Center for the Study of Global Change and Indiana University Press, and it is being funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Perullo is also working on a project on ageing in Africa. This project is part of a long-term initiative to examine elder populations in East Africa, particularly older artists. The African continent has historically been associated with high mortality rates and low life expectancies of 45 to 50 years of age. Recent scholarship, however, indicates that due to economic growth and specific improvements in health care, African populations are living longer and, in many cases, healthier lives than they did a generation ago. This project examines the issues and problems faced by elder artists in East Africa in the contemporary period.
In addition to his research, Perullo is active in the African community within Rhode Island. This has included starting the African Studies Workshop, a yearly workshop that brings together Africans in the area with Bryant University students and the broader public. In its nine years, the Workshop has helped to create new relationship between various sectors of the Rhode Island community.
Perullo has created an online repository of interviews and documents of African immigrants living in New England. The project, titled the African Digital Archive, is meant to provide information and access to the immigrant community of Africans living in the area. It is also hoped that the content can be integrated into the Rhode Island school systems so that students can learn about those living in their communities.
Perullo has also been a part of a series of radio programs on African music. These programs are part of Afropop Worldwide, a nationally syndicated radio program. Click here to connect to the program on African Music Economies. Click here for a show about money and music in Africa.
Finally, Perullo is invited to give lectures on topics related to his research. Upcoming lectures include one at the University of Helsinki in Finland as part of the “Struggle and Style: African Youth Cultures Today” and another as part of the conference of "Hip Hop Studies: Global and Local."