Fellows

Dr. Abdi M. Kusow is senior research methodology fellow with HIPS and Associate Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University. Dr. Kusow is an internationally recognized sociologist with extensive expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methods and data analysis, social demography, international migration and refugee integration, social transformation and change in East Africa, and social theory.  His research has appeared in flagship journals like Symbolic Interaction, the official journal of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction; Ethnic and Racial Studies and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, arguably two of the top immigration journals in the world; International Journal of Migration and Integration; Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, the official journal of the American sociological Association’s section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities; Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, the official open-access journal of the American Sociological Association. His most recent article, “Formula Narratives and the Making of Social Stratification and Inequality,” won the 2015 David Maines Narrative Research Award, sponsored by Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research, University of Northern Iowa, Communication Department. Dr. Kusow is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Somali Studies.

Dr. Abdirashid Elmi ‘Ainan’ is an environmental policy fellow with HIPS. He is an Associate Professor at the College of Life Sciences at Kuwait University, having obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Science from McGill University in Canada. He is the recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s visiting scientist’s fellowship and is currently Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at Kuwait University. Dr. Elmi serves on the editorial boards of two international scientific journals and acts as a referee for a further ten. He has been invited as keynote speaker to various global conferences and presented his research findings at more than 30 others.

Dr. Abdirashid Ismail is an economics policy fellow with the Heritage Institute. He’s also a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki where he obtained his Ph.D., and the author of “Somali State Failure: Players, Incentives & Institutions”. He has done an extensive research on political economy, post-conflict economy and state formation in Somalia. Ismail also studies Somalis in the diaspora, with a focus on those in Europe. His academic articles have been published by some of the top journals in the world.

Dr. Abdullahi Hussein has a Ph.D. in education from the University of London’s Institute of Education (now UCL). Dr. Hussein has published extensively, and in peer-reviewed journals, in the areas of impacts of wars on education, teacher development and the use of technology in education. Dr. Hussein’s recent publications include a book with the title ‘Freirian and Postcolonial Perspectives on The Development of ICT in HE’ and a book chapter on the ‘Impacts of wars on Curriculum and Medium of Instructions: Somali as a case study’.

Prof. Abdulwahid Sheikhosman Qalinle is a legal policy fellow with the Heritage Institute and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Minnesota. Qalinle is a leading authority on the merger of Islamic law and the Anglo-Saxon legal system and a widely cited expert in the areas of Sharia, international law, comparative law and the rule of law. He’s the founding chair of the Somaliland Law Reform Commission, focusing the rule of law and transitional justice in post-conflict environments. In 2011, the Transitional Federal Government appointed him to the Select Technical Committee tasked with assisting the National Constituent Assembly to ratify the Draft Constitution. He obtained advanced degrees in Islamic Studies from the International Islamic University in Pakistan, and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Dr. Dominik Balthasar is a development policy fellow with the Heritage Institute. He currently holds a position with the Transatlantic Postdoctoral Fellowship for International Relations and Security, having worked in this capacity with Chatham House, the United States Institute of Peace, and the European Union Institute for Security Studies. Dominik’s work focuses on issues pertaining to conflict and state fragility, as well as international efforts towards state reconstruction and development, particularly in Somalia. Dominik has taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the School of Oriental and African Studies and has consulted with a number of international development organizations in Somalia and other g7+ countries.

Hassan Abukar is a social policy fellow with the Heritage Institute. A prolific writer, essayist, and researcher, Abukar is the author of “Mogadishu Memoirs”. He specializes in Somali politics and Islamist movements. Abukar’s research interests also include the Arab League’s foreign policy towards the Horn of Africa. Fluent in Arabic, he holds an M.A. and B.A. in political sciences from the University of California, the University San Diego, and the University of Ohio, respectively.

Jason Mosley is a public policy fellow at Heritage Institute and an Associate Fellow of the Africa Programme at Chatham House, and a Research Associate at the African Studies Centre of Oxford University. He is also the Managing Editor of the Journal of Eastern African Studies.  Jason’s main geographical interests are in the greater Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes region, and Nigeria. He is interested in the politics of ethnicity, and of religion — particularly of Islam — in these and other areas. Jason regularly analyses the expanding economic horizons of Africa broadly speaking, and particularly in terms of the growing consumer base, and the investment opportunities outside traditional sectors of resource extraction and primary commodity production.

Dr. Laura Hammond is a development policy fellow with Heritage Institute and a senior lecturer at the University of London at SOAS. Her research interests include food security, conflict, forced migration, and diasporas. She has worked in the Horn of Africa for the past fifteen years and has done consultancy for a wide range of development and humanitarian organizations, including UNDP, USAID, Oxfam, Medécins Sans Frontières, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the World Food Programme. She is the author of “This Place Will Become Home: Refugee Repatriation to Ethiopia”

Dr. Mohamed Dahir Afrah is a distinguished literature fellow with Heritage Institute, based in Djibouti. The author of arguably the best Somali novel “Maana-Faay”, Afrah ‘s a prolific author and essayist. He’ll focus on literature, culture, and linguistics.”

Dr. Mohamed Kassim is a professor at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Mohamed has earned his Ph.D. from York University, Canada and taught African and world history at Brock University and at the University of Toronto. His Ph.D. dissertation examines how Islam was understood, reproduced, and transformed in a small historic coastal town in Northeast Africa. In 2007, together with co-editor S. Vianello, their book Servants Of The Sharia: The Civil Register Of The Qadi’s Court Of Brava 1893-1900, was the winner of the 2007 Paul Hair Prize for the best critical edition or translation into English of primary source material on Africa at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting in New York. He has also acted as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Canadian Forces College student presentations on North and Northeast Africa as part of Exercise Global Express for the Command and Staff Course.  Mohamed has published in scholarly journals and has also written a variety of professional papers that he presented at several conferences and seminars.

Dr. Paul D. Williams is Associate Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Dr. Williams is also a Non-Resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute in New York where he oversees the Providing for Peacekeeping Project. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Williams was a visiting professor at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University. He is the author or editor of thirteen books, including War and Conflict in Africa (2nded. 2016), Understanding Peacekeeping (2nd ed., 2010), and the Oxford Handbook on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (2015). He has also published numerous scholarly articles and policy reports analyzing various aspects of contemporary peace operations, including the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).