I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University. My work in recent years focused on authority, mobility, and faith, primarily in and around the borderlands of Ethiopia, Uganda, and South Sudan. I have also written about different aspects of Israel’s involvement in Africa in the past and present. My PhD thesis, which I completed in Durham University (UK) in 2020, was an ethnographic history of the evolution of Evangelical Zionism and Messianic Judaism among Nuer communities in Ethiopia’s western frontierlands.
I have worked as a researcher and consultant with different international and local organisations in East Africa, including the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI), the Refugee Law Project (Makerere University), Oxfam, the Rift Valley Institute, and the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS). I graduated with an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford and an LLB from Tel Aviv University, and previously taught African History in Durham University and African Politics in Goldsmiths, University of London. My first book, Israel in Africa, was published in 2020.