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Admir Skodo

Admir Skodo is a researcher at SASNET. 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 fields are refugee studies, Afghanistan studies, and  transnational history of ideas. 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 project at SASNET examines how practices and theories of admissions, the granting of refuges status, restrictions, deportations of Afghans in Sweden and the United States are related to statebuilding and humanitarian aid policies since the Cold War. The project studies how these practices and theories are interpreted within and contested and negotiated between state agencies, voluntary organizations, NGOs, international organizations, immigration lawyers, and by refugees themselves. The United States and Sweden are chosen because Afghans have been seeking refuge in both since the 1980 and because they are two major countries when it comes to development aid and statebuilding in Afghanistan. The project uses archival research, interviews, an interactionist-historical approach to refugeehood, and critical legal theories of the externalization and internalization of borders. The project challenges three widely held theses in the literature on the forced migration of Afghans. First, that Afghan refugees and asylum seekers were generally accepted as anti-communist freedom fighters during the 1980s, while being met with distrust following 9/11. Second, that restrictionist measures are dependent on large numbers of asylum seekers. And third, that there is always a link between the foreign policy preferences of a state and the groups which it favors in refugee and asylum seeker admissions.

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.

Recent courses taught

  • Understanding Asylum (Asylrättens kärna), Swedish Migration Agency/Lund University, commissioned education, 2018
  • Introduction to Middle Eastern Debates, Lund University, Master's course, 2017.
  • 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


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Photo: Håkan Röjder
E-mail: admir [dot] skodo [at] sasnet [dot] lu [dot] se




Visiting address

Biskopsgatan 5 (Norlindska huset)
223 62 Lund