(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 traces the struggles of displaced Yezidis, an ethnoreligious minority in Iraq, for constructing a new beginning in post-ISIS Iraq. I weave together participant observation, interviews, archival material, and spatial analysis to understand displaced Yezidis’ quotidian deliberations for recognition within national sectarian politics and the transnational humanitarian network. Based on nearly a year of ethnographic fieldwork in Iraqi Kurdistan, I analyze how Yezidis strive to be recognized both as an ethnoreligious minority, entitled to special assistance within the national framework, and as “morally deserving persons,” eligible for transnational humanitarian aid. Analyzing the category of “displaced minority,” my book addresses the emergence of a new form of belonging among displaced Yezidis and provides new insights into the everyday experiences and micro-processes through which displaced people negotiate their social liminality.


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” (Article in progress).