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Cawo Mohamed Abdi
إؤو محمد عبدي
Occupationessayist, professor
Alma materUniversity of Ottawa
University of Guelph
University of Sussex
SubjectIslam, gender, migration
SpouseAbdi Ismail Samatar

Dr. Cawo Mohamed Abdi (Template:Lang-so, Arabic: إؤو محمد عبدي‎) is a Somali-American professor and writer.

Personal life[]

Abdi was raised in Somalia.

For her post-secondary education, she earned a BSocSc in Economics in 1995 from the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. She later obtained an MA from the University of Guelph in 2002.[1] In 2006, Abdi also received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Sussex.[1][2]

She is Muslim, and is married to Abdi Ismail Samatar.[3]


Cawo has served as a Research Fellow at the University of Pretoria.[4]

Since 2008, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.[5]

Abdi's work has focused mainly on the Somali community. Her general interest areas include Islam, gender, migration, ethnicity, family, development studies, individual rights, Africa and the Middle East, and globalization.[5]

She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, Midwest Sociological Society, African Studies Association, Canadian Sociological Association and Global Studies Association.[1]

Additionally, Abdi serves on the editorial board of Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies.[1]

She has also engaged in philanthropic work with the Galkaio Medical Center in Galkayo, Puntland, among others.[1]

Selected publications[]

  • “Threatened Identities and Gendered Opportunities: Somali Migration to America.” Forthcoming. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.
  • “Muslim-American Youth and Homeland Politics: Competing Narratives on the War on Terror.” 2011. In Looming Shadows: Migration and Integration at a time of Upheaval. European and American Perspectives. Vedran Dzihic/Thomas Schmidinger (eds.), Center for Transatlantic Relations: John Hopkins University pp. 273-289.
  • “Moving Beyond ‘Xenophobia’: Structural Violence, Conflict and Encounters with the ‘Other’ Africans.” 2011. Development Southern Africa, 28(5): 691-704.
  • “A Gendered Perspective on the Impact of Conflict in the Horn of Africa.” 2011. Nordic Africa Institute, Policy Note 3.
  • “Convergence of Civil War and the Religious Right: Re-Imagining Somali Women.” 2007. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 33(1):183-207.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Cawo Mohamed Abdi - Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). University of Minnesota. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  2. "SLU - Cawo Abdi". Saint Louis University. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  3. Zamir, Javed (2009 September). "Pervasive racial profiling of Muslims in the US". Crescent International. Retrieved 21 February 2014. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. Abdi, Cawo M. (17 March 2011). "Enough! The Kifaya Revolution in the Arab World". MinnPost. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Cawo Abdi". University of Minnesota. Retrieved 21 February 2014.

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