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First Name
Beth Elise
Last Name
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Migration and security in Africa, funding of rebel groups, politics of immigration, refugees, counter-terrorism, diaspora politics
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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.

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Country Focus
Kenya, Tanzania

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