Indiana University BloomingtonINDIANA UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTON
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People: Adjunct and Affiliated Faculty

Heather AkouHeather Akou

  • Associate Professor, Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Education

  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 2004
  • MA, University of Minnesota, 2001
  • BA, Macalaster College, 1998

Research Interests

  • Islamic dress in Africa and North America
  • Somali dress,
  • Identity formation and transformation
  • Aesthetics of textiles, dress, and the body

Contact Information

Email: hakou@indiana.edu
Office: Memorial Hall E230
Phone: (812) 855-5223

Courses Recently Taught

  • F203-Introductory Textile Science
  • F301-Dress Studies: Cultural Analysis
  • F301-Dress Studies: Dress and Religion
  • F352-Dress Studies: Aesthetic Analysis

Publication

  • The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture Indiana University Press, 2011
  • "Nationalism without a Nation: Understanding the Dress of Somali Women in Minnesota." In, Fashioning Africa: Power and the Politics of Dress Edited by Jean Allman. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, pp. 50-63
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