Participant Info

First Name
Beth Elise
Last Name
Whitaker
Country
USA
University
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Keywords
Migration and security in Africa, funding of rebel groups, politics of immigration, refugees, counter-terrorism, diaspora politics
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Personal Info

About Me

My research examines migration and security issues in Africa. With a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, several colleagues and I have built a dataset of rebel groups’ illicit funding sources (particularly natural resources and crime) and are exploring how different funding strategies influence conflict dynamics. As a Fulbright Scholar in Kenya, I conducted research on U.S.-African counter-terrorism cooperation. I also have done extensive research on the politics of migration in Africa, including the rise of anti-foreigner attitudes, comparative refugee policy, and the political engagement of diaspora communities. I have done fieldwork in Kenya (2005-2006, 2015), Tanzania (1996-1998, 2003), and Botswana (2005).

Recent Publications

Beth Elise Whitaker. 2015. “Playing the immigration card: the politics of exclusion in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.” Commonwealth & Comparative Politics 53(3): 274-293.

Beth Elise Whitaker and Jason Giersch. 2015. “Political Competition and Attitudes towards Immigration in Africa.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 41(9-10): 1536-1557

Beth Elise Whitaker. 2014. “African Reactions to U.S. Counterterrorism Policies: Kenya, From Reluctance to Resolve.” In Maya Kandel, ed. U.S. Strategy in Africa. Paris, France: Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’Ecole Militaire (IRSEM), Ministry of Defense.

Beth Elise Whitaker. 2011. “The Politics of Home: Dual Citizenship and the African Diaspora.” International Migration Review 45(4): 755-783.

Beth Elise Whitaker. 2010. “Compliance Among Weak States: Africa and the Counter-Terrorism Regime.” Review of International Studies 36(3): 639-662.

Beth Elise Whitaker. 2008. “Reluctant Partners: Fighting Terrorism and Promoting Democracy in Kenya.” International Studies Perspectives 9(3): 254-271.

Beth Elise Whitaker. 2007. “Exporting the Patriot Act? Democracy and the ‘war on terror’ in the Third World.” Third World Quarterly 28 (5): 1017-1032.

Beth Elise Whitaker. 2005. “Citizens and Foreigners: Democratization and the Politics of Exclusion in Africa.” African Studies Review 48(1): 109-126.

Beth Elise Whitaker. 2003. “Refugees and the Spread of Conflict: Contrasting Cases in Central Africa.” Journal of Asian and African Studies 38(2&3): 211-231.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Kenya, Tanzania

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