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University College London
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East Africa, colonial history, postcolonial history, refugee and migration issues, borders and borderlands, race and ethnicity, nationalism, separatism, pastoralism, biometrics
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About Me

I am a researcher and professor with extensive, on-the-ground expertise in East Africa and a passion for examining one of the globe’s most pressing issues: migration. I have over a decade of experience carrying out archival research, fieldwork, and interviews in East Africa and collaborating with African scholars and practitioners. Over the years, I have honed a deep expertise based, in large part, upon listening to people.

My first book, We Do Not Have Borders: Greater Somalia and the Predicaments of Belonging in Kenya, provides unique inroads into debates over globalization, refugee movements, and urban-rural migration and offers timely insights into the ways in which transnational populations navigate state borders. It draws from extensive archival research and over one hundred interviews that I conducted in Somali, Swahili, and English in Nairobi and the Kenya/Somali borderlands. At University College London, I am expanding upon many of these themes by conducting research on mobility, marketization, and biometric registration in East Africa.

I have a PhD from Stanford University and have worked and taught at the University of Pennsylvania and, now, University College London. With years of national and international teaching and public speaking experience, I am able to communicate my findings clearly and effectively to a wide range of audiences. I’ve also published in a variety of forums ranging from top academic presses to popular blogs.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Kenya, Somalia
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Migration & Immigration