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About Abdi M. Kusow

Professor Kusow’s research interests include globalization and transnational migration, the contemporary African diaspora, social transformation and social change in Africa, African immigrants in North America, racial formation, and methodology. His most recent work appeared in flagship journals like Symbolic Interaction, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Migration and Ethnic Studies, and in the The New Americans: A Handbook to Immigration Since 1965, edited by Mary Waters and Reed Ueda, Harvard University Press. One of his most recent articles, “Contesting Stigma: On Goffman’s Assumptions of Normative Order,” Symbolic Interaction, 2004 appeared in the top 20 most read articles in Symbolic Interaction from 2005 to 2009. He is also active in local and global social communities. He is Vice Chair of the Somali Studies International Association (SSIA) and served as Vice Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 10th Triennial Somali Studies Conference held at the Ohio State University in 2007. He participated in several international policy forums on Africa sponsored by the United Nations Scientific, Educational, and Cultural Organization, the United Nations Development Program, Italian NGOs, and Aalborg University in Denmark.


Present Associate Professor, Iowa State University Department of Sociology

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Honors and Awards

  • Listed in the Marquis Who's Who in America
  • Vice Chair, Somali Studies International Congress, 2007–
  • Member, General Assembly, Greater Horn Horizon Forum, Djibouti, 2008–
  • Tenth Annual Faculty Research Excellence Recognition Award, Oakland University, 2005
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Sociology, Oakland University, 2004
  • Service Excellence Award, Department of Sociology, Oakland University, 2003
  • King-Chavez-Parks Fellowship, Wayne State University, 1994–1998
  • Michigan Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1991–1992

Contact Information

220 East Hall
510 Farm House Ln
Ames, IA 50011-1054
Phone: 515-294-3128
Fax: 515-294-2303


Articles (10)

Books (2)

Contributions to Books (1)

Dissertation (1)

Conference Proceedings (1)