Dr. Magnavita focuses on the later prehistory of Africa, with an emphasis on West Africa and early trans-Saharan trade. Her doctoral thesis (Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany) was titled 1500 Jahre am Mare de Kissi. Eine Fallstudie zur Besiedlungsgeschichte des Sahel von Burkina Faso.
Sonja is currently working at the Commission for the Archaeology of Non-European Cultures (KAAK) at the DAI (Bonn, Germany) and conducts an own research project in Senegal. See her DAI webpage for more details.