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- United Kingdom
- 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.
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- Kenya, Somalia
- Expertise by Geography
- Expertise by Chronology
- Modern, 20th century, 21st century
- Expertise by Topic
- Colonialism, Migration & Immigration