Nisrin Elamin

Lecturer in Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Columbia University

Email: ne2151@columbia.edu

Nisrin Elamin received her PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University in 2019. Her work explores the relationship between land, belonging, migration and geopolitics in post-secession Sudan. Her current project examines the ways landless and landholding communities are negotiating and contesting changes in land ownership prompted by a recent wave of Gulf Arab corporate investments in Sudanese land. It situates contemporary, state-driven ‘land grabs’ in the agricultural Gezira region of central Sudan, within a layered history of enclosures and unequal landed relations shaped by legacies of enslavement and colonial rule. Methodologically, it combines a multi-sited ethnographic study of land dispossession in rural and peri-urban communities with a historical analysis of the ways the Gezira has been imagined as the answer to various colonial and post-colonial development visions. Her research has received support from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Ms. Elamin’s writing on current affairs in Sudan, has appeared in Al Jazeera, the (Monkey Cage blog of the) Washington Post, OkayAfrica and the Egypt Independent.