Maurizio Albahari

Placement director, graduate program
Associate Professor
Faculty Fellow at Kellogg, Kroc, and Nanovic Institutes; concurrent Associate Professor, the Keough School of Global Affairs


PhD, UC Irvine
MA, UC Irvine
BA, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

Research and Teaching Interests

Political anthropology, borders, refugees and migration, democracy and urban citizenship, structural injustice, decolonizing European and Mediterranean relations


Maurizio Albahari (Ph.D., UC Irvine) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology. He also serves as concurrent Associate Professor in the Keough School of Global Affairs, and as Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg, Kroc, and Nanovic Institutes. 

Albahari’s research, teaching, and public work focuses on migrant/refugee mobility and antiracist democratic engagements, particularly in the Euro-Mediterranean region. A political anthropology lens illuminates ongoing experiences and predicaments of borders, urban citizenship and emergent democracy, tackling broader tensions between structural injustices and the decolonization of European and Mediterranean relations.

Related articles, op-eds, interviews, and chapters have appeared in a variety of social-science, humanities, art, and global news fora. Additionally, Albahari is the author of the books Tra la Guerra e il Mare: Democrazia Migrante e Crimini di Pace (Manifestolibri, Italy, 2017) and Crimes of Peace: Mediterranean Migrations at the World’s Deadliest Border  (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). Recent reviews of the latter have appeared in venues including International Migration Review, American Ethnologist, POLAR, City and Society, International Political Science Review, International Criminal Justice Review, International Affairs, the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Human Rights Quarterly, Cultures et Conflits, Social Anthropology, Migration Studies, Political Studies Review, the Boston Globe, Choice, and Times Literary Supplement.

Phone: 574-631-7759
Office: 266 Corbett Family Hall