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Portrait: Cawo Abdi

Cawo Abdi

Sociology Department 1146 Soc Sci Building 267 19th Ave South

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Dr. Abdi is an Assistant Professor with the University of Minnesota Department of Sociology. Her Ph.D. thesis examined the gender and transnational relations of Somalis in Minnesota and East Africa. Her postdoctoral research is a comparative work on the transnational relations of East African migrants.


  • Migration
  • Transnationalism
  • Islam
  • Gender
  • Family
  • Identity
  • Globalization
  • Forced Displacement

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Sussex, 2006.


  • "The New Age of Security: Implications for Refugees and IDPs in the Horn of Africa." 2007. Development, 50(4): 75-81.
  • "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. Reprinted in War and Terror: Feminist Perspectives, K. Alexander and M. Hawkesworth, eds. 2008. University of Chicago Press.
  • "Refugees, Gender Based Violence and Resistance: A Case Study of Somali Women in Kenyan Camps." 2006. Chapter in Gender Migration and Citizenship: Making Local, National and Transnational Connections, Evangelia Tastsoglou and Alexandria Dobrowolsky, eds. London: Ashgate Press.
  • "In Limbo: Dependency, Insecurity and Identity amongst Somali Refugees in Dadaab Camps," Refuge: Canadian Periodical on Refugee issues, Volume 22: 2 (2005). Reprinted in Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies, Volume 5, 2005.

Research Activities

  • The transnational relations of East African migrants
  • Examining gender and transnational relations of Somalis in Minnesota and East Africa
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