PhD Student

Abdirizak Muhumed is a Researcher & Independent Consultant, a PhD student in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), and a recipient of the Violent States, States of Violence PhD scholarship hosted by the Society, Work & Politics Institute (SWOP). Muhumed holds an MA in Political Studies, a BA (Hons) in Creative Writing and African Literature, a BA (Hons) with distinction in Political Studies from Wits University, and a BA in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Johannesburg (UJ). His PhD. investigates “Unfinished Imperialism and lived experience of occupation in Ogaden,” while his MA by research explores “Popular Islam and Limits of Secular State on the Somali Peninsula.


Muhumed’s areas of research interest include indirect rule and state violence, the political history of the Horn of Africa, indigenization of state reconstruction in Somalia, comparative federalism, identity politics in the Horn of Africa, electoral models, comparative politics, institutions, governance, and state crisis in Africa, postcolonial imperialism, African literature, classic Somali oral poetry and debates on decolonization.

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