Anita Fabos

Anita H. Fábos is an anthropologist and associate professor at Clark University’s International Development, Community, and Environment department. She has worked and conducted research together with Muslim Arab Sudanese refugees in the Middle East, Europe, and the US. Formerly Director of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo, and Programme Coordinator for MA Refugee Studies at the University of East London, Fábos’s scholarship explores transnational ethnic and religious identity, race, displacement and gender among Muslim refugees at a time of intensifying discourses of ‘security’ and ‘Islamic spiritual geography’. She has done action research with Sudanese women in Egypt on female genital surgeries (also known as FGM) and has written numerous articles and chapters about Sudanese experiences as forced migrants in the Arab world, Europe, and North America. Her latest book (with Riina Isotalo) is Managing Muslim Mobilities: Between Spiritual Geographies and the Global Security Regime (2014), published by Palgrave Macmillan. Fábos is currently researching refugee displacement and humanitarian policy and practice in urban settings in the Middle East.


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