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Cawo Abdi

Protrait: Cawo Abdi

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2006 University of Sussex
Room 1146 Social Sciences
Phone: 612-624-3714

Curriculum Vitae

Interest Areas

Migration; Gender, Race and Class; Family; Islam; Education; Development Studies; Human Rights; Globalization; Africa; Middle East.

Current Research

One of my new projects examines the educational attainment and school choices of new migrants. For children of migrant parents, the American education system can be their ladder to social mobility and the realization of their American dream, or it can leave them behind as a part of millions of Americans whose lives remain precarious. This study investigates the increasing role ethnocentric charter schools are playing in new refugee and migrant groups’ education in Minnesota and how this shapes their long-term settlement and integration in the United States.

Selected Publications

Elusive Jannah: The Somali Diaspora and a Borderless Muslim Identity," University of Minnesota Press, 2015 (forthcoming).

Threatened Identities and Gendered Opportunities: Somali Migration to America.” 2014. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 39, no. 21: 459-483.

Muslim-American Youth and Homeland Politics: Competing Narratives on the War on Terror.” 2011. In Looming Shadows: Migration and Integration at a time of Upheaval. European and American Perspectives. Vedran Dzihic/Thomas Schmidinger (eds.), Center for Transatlantic Relations: John Hopkins University pp. 273-289.

Moving Beyond ‘Xenophobia’: Structural Violence, Conflict and Encounters with the ‘Other’ Africans.” 2011. Development Southern Africa, 28(5): 691-704.

Convergence of Civil War and the Religious Right: Re-Imagining Somali Women.” 2007. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 33(1):183-207.