Director, African Studies Program
Associate Professor | Georgetown University
I am a political scientist studying citizenship, migration and political institutions in Africa, particularly in East Africa and the Horn of Africa.
I seek to better understand the dynamic relationships between states and the constellations of citizens, non-citizens and citizens-in-the-making. That takes me from classrooms to refugee camps to government offices throughout the region, and occasionally beyond.
I use ethnographic and qualitative methods because I want to understand politics as they are made and deployed by the people who are politicians and the people who use everyday politics to ‘act back.’ I have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays, and the US Fulbright Program.
I study how citizens engage with states and help make the content of citizenship through the formation and contestation of citizenship.
I call this ‘meaningful citizenship’ because it is not just the formality of having the documentation that the state provides or denies. Rather, it is the activities of being a citizen.
My book, Making Citizens in Africa: Ethnicity, Gender, and National Identity in Ethiopia, is now available on Amazon.
"Interview with Ufahamu Africa on Refugees and Migrants in the Horn of Africa."
Ufahamu Africa, April 2017