Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf is Professor of Anthropology at Georgetown University in Qatar. Her areas of expertise include human rights, gender and sexuality, the intersectionality of race and gender, migration and diasporic studies, African migrations, and humanistic and political anthropology, with a geographic focus on her native Sudan, the Gulf, Zanzibar, and the Indian Ocean.
Professor Abusharaf is the author of several books, including Darfur Allegory (University of Chicago Press, 2021), Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan: Politics and the Body in a Squatter Settlement (University of Chicago Press, 2009), and Wanderings (Cornell University Press, 2002). She is the editor of a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly (Duke University Press, 2010), Female Circumcision: Multicultural Perspectives (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006), and she is the co-editor of Africa and the Gulf Region: Blurred Boundaries and Shifting Ties (Gerlach Press, 2015). Her writings have appeared in Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Anthropology and Humanism, History and Anthropology, International Migration, Radical Philosophy Review, Transition: An International Review, Sciences, and Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She is the founding editor of Monsoon: Journal of the Indian Ocean Rim, and serves on the editorial board of POLAR: Journal of Political and Legal Anthropology.
Professor Abusharaf received postdoctoral and senior fellowships at Durham University, Brown University, Harvard University, and Dartmouth College. Her work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Sir William Luce Memorial Fellowship, Andrew Mellon and MIT Center for International Studies, and the Rockefeller Bellagio Study Center. Her work has been featured on NPR, Voice of America, Ontario Public TV, the Africa and the World documentary film series, the Hartford Courant and Al Jazeera.
Abusharaf received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Connecticut.