Admir Skodo earned his PhD in history from the European University Institute. He has held research or teaching positions at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, Berkeley City College, and San Quentin Prison University Project. His research field is modern transnational and global history of ideas and immigration. His previous research projects have been on youth activism in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the history of the eugenics movement, and the history of philosophical idealism in Germany, Italy, and Britain. He has published articles in The Times Literary Supplement, Modern Intellectual History, History of Political Thought, and a monograph with Palgrave Macmillan.
Admir’s research at SASNET draws on conceptual history, critical theory of race, historical sociology, and global history in order to examine how the concept of the Afghan refugee/immigrant has been constructed and contested by the state, media, civil society, humanitarian NGOs and international organizations, and refugees themselves during the Cold War and the War on Terror. He will focus on Afghans in the Swedish region Scania, the San Francisco Bay Area, and potentially northwestern Pakistan somewhere down the road.
In addition to being a scholar, Admir is the Founding President of the UC Berkeley Humanities and Social Sciences Association, which provides academic and career development opportunities for graduate students, postdocs, and visiting scholars. He also works as a freelance writer and researcher for American immigration attorneys.
- "Shades of the prison-house," Times Literary Supplement, April 2017.
- "How immigration detention compares around the world," The Conversation, April 2017
- "How Afghans Became Second-class Asylum Seekers," The Conversation, February 2017. Republished by The Independent and ReliefWeb.
- "Swedish Immigration Is Not Out of Control - It's Actually Getting More Restrictive," The Conversation, February 2017. Republished by The Independent and Metis: Correspondences européen du travail.
- "Special Punitive Zone" (Review of Lizbet Simmons, The Prison School: Educational Inequality and School Discipline in the Age of Mass Incarceration), The Times Literary Supplement, forthcoming.
- The Afterlife of Idealism: The Impact of New Idealism on British Historical and Political Thought, 1945-1980 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
- "Eugenics and Pragmatism: F.C.S. Schiller's Philosophical Politics," Modern Intellectual History, May 2015
Recent courses taught
- Immigration Past and Present, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, continuing studies course, 2017
- Sociology, San Quentin Prison University Project, undergraduate course, 2016
- Political Theology, UC Berkeley, post-graduate course, 2016
- The Cold War, UC Berkeley, post-graduate course, 2015
- Global Perspectives, Berkeley City College, undergraduate course, 2015
admir.skodo [at] sasnet.lu.se
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