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Guyer, professor of anthropology, joined the Hopkins faculty in 2002 from Northwestern University, where she directed the Program of African Studies. She served previously on the faculties of Harvard and Boston universities, among others. Her research is devoted primarily to the economic transformations in West Africa, particularly the productive economy, division of labor, and management of money. Theoretically she focuses on the interface between formal and informal economies. She is the author of numerous publications on production and money, including Family and Farm in Southern Cameroon (1984) and Marginal Gains: Monetary Transactions in Atlantic Africa (2004). She holds a BA from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Rochester.