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Tricia Redeker Hepner

Tricia Redeker Hepner

Associate Professor



Political and legal anthropology; Northeast Africa and the Great Lakes Region of Eastern Africa; African diasporas; forced migration (refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced); human rights; conflict and peace-building; transnationalism; politics and governance; development



  • B.A. 1996, Anthropology, Barnard College, Columbia University.
  • M.A. 2000, Anthropology, Michigan State University.
  • Ph.D. 2004, Anthropology, Michigan State University.
  • Certificate in Forced Migration and Refugee Issues, June 2009, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University.




Selected Articles and Chapters

  • 2015  Hepner, Tricia Redeker.  “The ‘Asylum-Advocacy Nexus’ in Anthropological Perspective: Agency, Activism, and the Construction of Eritrean Political Identities.” in Berger et al., eds.  African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony and Refugee Rights. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. 
  • 2015 [2009]   Hepner, Tricia Redeker. “Generation Nationalism and Generation Asylum: Eritrean Migrants, the Global Diaspora, and the Transnational Nation-State.” Diaspora 18: 2/: 184-207. Special issue, “Migrant Political Generations,” edited by Susan Eckstein and Mette Louise Berg.
  • 2014   Hepner, Tricia Redeker. “Religion, Repression and Human Rights in Eritrea and the Diaspora.” Journal of Religion in Africa 44: 151-188.
  • 2013   Hepner, Tricia Redeker and Samia Tecle. “New Refugees, Development-Forced Displacement, and Transnational Governance in Eritrea and Exile.” Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development 42: 1-2.
  • 2013   Tricia Redeker Hepner. “Emergent Eritrean Human Rights Movements: Politics, Law and Culture in Transnational Perspective.” In Worlds of Human Rights: Ambiguities of Rights Claiming in Africa, edited by William Derman, Anne Hellum, and Kristen Bergtora Sandvik. Leiden: Brill Publishers. Pp. 277-302.
  • 2013   Opiyo, Lindsay McClain and Tricia Redeker Hepner. “Youth in Transition: The Arts and Cultural Resonance in Post-Conflict Northern Uganda.” In Conflict and Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region, edited by Kenneth Omeje and Tricia Redeker Hepner. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Pp. 179-196.
  • 2012  Hepner, Tricia Redeker. “Militarization, Generational Conflict, and the Eritrean Refugee Crisis.” African Childhoods: Peacebuilding, Education, and Development in the Youngest Continent. Marisa O. Ensor, ed. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. Pp. 152-175.
  • 2009  Seeking Asylum in a Transnational Social Field: New Refugees and Struggles for Autonomy and Human Rights. In O'Kane and Hepner, eds. Biopolitics, Militarism, and Development: Eritrea in the 21st Century. Dislocations Series. New York: Berghahn Books. pp. 183-206.
  • 2008  Transnational Governance and the Centralization of State Power in Eritrea and Exile. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 31: 3: 476-502.
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