(Forthcoming) On the Margins of Humanity: Humanitarianism, Displacement, and the Politics of Recognition among Displaced Yezidis (Under advance contract with Indiana University Press)
My book manuscript follows the challenges faced by displaced Yezidis, who are an ethnoreligious minority in Iraq, as they strive to establish a new beginning in post-ISIS Iraq. Using participant observation, interviews, archival material, and spatial analysis, I investigate how displaced Yezidis navigate national sectarian politics and transnational humanitarian networks to gain recognition. Drawing on my nearly year-long ethnographic fieldwork in Iraqi Kurdistan, I analyze how Yezidis strive to be acknowledged both as an ethnoreligious minority entitled to special assistance within the national framework and as “morally deserving persons” eligible for transnational humanitarian aid.
POLICY PAPERS & PUBLIC WRITING
“Navigating Dispute and Displacement: The Yazidi Experience in Post-ISIS Iraq,” Middle East Brief, Crown Center for Middle East Studies.
“The Unknown Fate of Missing Yazidis: 8 years on and still waiting,” Yazda Global Organization, September 2022.
“Mapping Iraq’s Electoral Evolution,” Brandeis Now, Oct. 1, 2021.
“‘Strangers in their own land’: Iraqi Yazidis and their plight, 7 years on from genocide,” The Conversation. Dec 15, 2021.
“A Humanitarian Prison; Humanitarian Temporality and Politics of Nothingness” (Received Revise and Resubmit).