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Y. Juwayeyi

Yusuf Juwayeyi

Associate Professor of AnthropologyFaculty Advisor, African Students Association

B.Soc.Sc., Chancellor College, University of MalawiM.A., C.Phil.Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley


Professor Yusuf Juwayeyi was born and raised in Malawi, south-east Africa. He received a Bachelor of Social Science degree in History and Sociology from Chancellor College, University of Malawi in 1973. In 1975, he went to the University of California, Berkeley where he obtained his Ph.D degree in 1981. Thereafter, he returned to Malawi to work in the Department of Antiquities of the Malawi Government, rising to position of Director of Antiquities in 1989. In 1992 Professor Juwayeyi was promoted to the position of Commissioner for Culture. This was a very senior position as the directors of the departments of Museum services, Antiquities, Arts and Crafts, National archives and Censorship Board reported to him. In 2000, he was appointed Malawi’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.

Professor Juwayeyi has also served on two major international bodies. From 1995-1999, he was the Sector Contact Point for the sector of Culture, Information and Sports of the Southern African Development Community. From 1994-1997, he was the Africa President and World Vice President of UNESCO’s World Decade for Cultural Development.

Besides these responsibilities, Professor Juwayeyi taught at Chancellor College as a Senior Lecturer from 1998-1993 and as a Visiting Full Professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1993-94 and 2001-02. He was also an External Examiner of Archaeology at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania in 1993.

Professor Juwayeyi joined Long Island University, Brooklyn in 2002 as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In 2004, he accepted a tenure track position. He does research in archaeology and physical Anthropology in Malawi. He has carried out archaeological excavations at Stone Age and Iron Age sites in Malawi and has published results of his research widely. His major interests are on prehistoric economies during the Later Stone Age and Iron Age periods. Recently, he has focused on the emergence of complex societies during the Iron Age period. Following receipt of a National Science foundation grant in 2011, Dr. Juwayeyi is a co-investigator with a colleague from New York University, in a project called “Hard tissue research on Sub-Saharan Africans of known history,” which is being carried out in collaboration with the University of Malawi’s School of Medicine.


Later Stone Age and Iron Age archaeology; African Cultures and Civilizations, and traditional economies.


  • Author, 2011. “Chewa Migrations and the Establishment of the Maravi State: A Chronological Perspective” Published in the Society of Malawi Journal.
  • Co-author, 2011. “Enamel-calibrated Lamellar Bone reveals Long Period growth Rate Variability in Humans.” Published in Cells, Tissues and Organs.
  • Co-author 2011. “ Signposts Ahead: Hard Tissue Signals on Rue Armand de RicqlĂ”s.” Published in C.R. Paleo-evolution.
  • Author. 2010 “Archaeological Excavations at Mankhamba, Malawi: An Early Settlement Site of the Maravi.” Published in Azania: Archaeological research in Africa
  • Author 2010. “Excavating the History of Archaeology in Malawi.” Published in Comparative Archaeologies. A Sociological View of the Science of the Past.
  • Author 2010. “Culture Heritage Conservation Programs in Malawi and Public Responses.” Published in Heritage and Sustainable Development.
  • Co-author 2009. “The Faunal Remains from Mankhamba: a Late Iron Age Settlement Site of the Maravi in Central Malawi.” Published in Annals of the Transvaal Museum
  • Author 2008. “Wealth and Affluence in Southern Malawi during the Proto-Historic Period.” Published in South African Archaeological Bulletin
  • Author 2010. “Ecological Pressure and the Transition from Foraging to Agricultural Lifestyle in the Shire Highlands, Malawi.” Published in Journal of Human Ecology.
  • Author 2008. “Human and Animal interactions on the Shire Highlands, Malawi: the Evidence from Malowa Rockshelter.” Published Animals and People: Archaeozoological Papers in Honour of Ina Plug.
  • Co-author 2007. “Fauna, Taphonomy, and Ecology of the Plio-Pleistocene Chiwondo Beds, Northern Malawi.” Published in Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Evidence.
  • Author 2006. “Social Stratification in the Southern Lake Malawi Area: The evidence From Burial Sites.” Published on line (,Y.SAfA2006.pdf).


  • Recipient, National Science foundation (NSF); grant for hard tissue research on Sub-Saharan Africans of known history
  • Recipient, The British Institute in East Africa; grant For analysis of faunal remains
  • Recipient, Silver Jubilee of Independence Award (Malawi)
  • Recipient, Chevalier dans l’order des Palmes Academiques (OPA) France (Knight in the Order of Academic Excellence)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
  • Member, Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAFA)
  • Member, Pan African Archaeological Association for Prehistory and Related Studies
  • Member, American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • Member, South African Archaeological Association (SAAA)