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Nisrin Elamin Abdelrahman

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Nisrin Elamin Abdelrahman

Dissertation Writer
Research Interests: 
Foreign Land Acquisitions in East Africa (Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania) Social Movements, Land Reform, Extractive Industries, 'Studying up' and China's growing influence in East Africa.


My research interests focus broadly on the ways in which globalization and development practices have shaped struggles over land in East Africa. My primary interest lies in exploring the political economy of foreign land acquisitions in Sudan, South Sudan and Tanzania and the legal and socio-cultural history of land reform in the region. I am particularly interested in the various actors and communities involved in struggles over land and resources, and the ways in which they have resisted and/or promoted the privatization of land.

I am originally from Sudan and received my BA in Socio-political Development Studies from Harvard University and my MA in Comparative International Education from Teachers College. Before coming to Stanford, I worked at Grassroots International-an organization dedicated to supporting the promotion of land and water rights-and taught in the U.S. and Tanzania.