Samson A. Bezabeh

Designation: 
Research Fellow

Samson A. Bezabeh, is a Research Fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) and a permanent fellow of the African Studies Center- Leiden, the Netherlands. He was previously a Post-doctoral researcher at the  École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and has been affiliated with the University of Bergen, the University of Exeter, and Addis Ababa University. His research interests include diaspora studies, state- society interaction, colonialism, religion (Islam and Orthodox Christianity) as well as issues of citizenship, ethnicity, and class in Africa. His article, “Citizenship and the Logic of Sovereignty in Djibouti,” published in African Affairs, won the journal’s African Author Prize. He has finalized a book -length study that describes the interaction between Yemeni diaspora, states and empires in the Horn of Africa. The monograph will be published in January 2016 by the American University in Cairo Press: http://www.aucpress.com/p-5239-subjects-of-empirescitizens-of-states.aspx. Currently, he is working on a new book length monograph that focuses on the political history of Djibouti as well as on a new  project that  focus on religion , sovereignty and human mobility in the Horn of Africa.

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