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Dr. Abdi Kusow, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University

Dr. Abdi Kusow, Associate Professor, Iowa State University

BA Michigan State University
MUP University of Michigan
PhD Wayne State University

118 East Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-3128
FAX: (515) 294-2303
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Kusow’s research interests include globalization and transnational migration, the contemporary African diaspora, social transformation and social change in Africa, African immigrants in North America, racial formation, and methodology. His most recent work appeared in flagship journals like Symbolic Interaction, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Migration and Ethnic Studies, and in the The New Americans: A Handbook to Immigration Since 1965, edited by Mary Waters and Reed Ueda, Harvard University Press. One of his most recent articles, “Contesting Stigma: On Goffman’s Assumptions of Normative Order,” Symbolic Interaction, 2004 appeared in the top 20 most read articles in Symbolic Interaction from 2005 to 2009. He is also active in local and global social communities.  He is Vice Chair of the Somali Studies International Association (SSIA) and served as Vice Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 10th Triennial Somali Studies Conference held at the Ohio State University in 2007. He participated in several international policy forums on Africa sponsored by the United Nations Scientific, Educational, and Cultural Organization, the United Nations Development Program, Italian NGOs, and Aalborg University in Denmark.


What's New with Dr. Kusow

Iowa State Sociologist, migration researcher assesses the current crisis in Somalia
AMES, Iowa -- The images of starving children and violence caused by famine and political unrest in Somalia are horrific. They painfully hit home with Abdi Kusow, who was born and raised in the African nation. More.

Honors and Awards

Listed in the Marguis Who’s Who in America, 2010-present
Member, Distinguished External Reference Group, African Capacity Building Foundation, 2013-
Emory Bogardus Award for Graduate Teaching Excellence, Sociology, Iowa State U., 2011
Member, General Assembly, Greater Horn Horizon Forum, Djibouti, 2008-present
Tenth Annual Faculty Research Excellence Recognition Award, Oakland University, 2005
Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Sociology, Oakland University, 2004
Service Excellence Award, Department of Sociology, Oakland University, 2003
King-Chavez-Parks Fellowship, Wayne State University, Michigan, 1994-1998                   
Michigan Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1991-1991

Selected Keynote Speeches

Keynote Speaker, “Somali Immigrants in the United States: Conceptualizing Transnational Migration in Stateless Global Context,” Carleton College, Minnesota, January 27, 2010.

Keynote Speaker, “African Immigrants and African Americans in a Racially Transformed and Globalized America: Theoretical and Policy Implications,” Sociology Research Award Day, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, April 13, 2010.

Editorial Activities

International Journal of Somali Studies

Editorial Board Member
Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies
Somali Society, History, and Politics, Series Editors: Markus Hoehne & Virginia Luling

Scholarly Citation Counts: (
Total Citations: 360
h-index: 9
i10 index: 9


United Nations Research Reports

Kusow, Abdi, and Meley Mulugetta. 2011. Slavery and the Slave Trade along the Red Sea Region: A Research Agenda.  United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO).

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters


Kusow, Abdi M. (Forthcoming). African Immigrants in the United States: Imlications for Affirmatice Action. Sociology Mind.

*Matt DeLisi, Alexia Angton, Monic P. Behnken, and Abdi M. Kusow. (Forthcoming). “Do Adolescent Drug Users Fare the Worst? Onset Type, Juvenile Delinquency, and Criminal Careers.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Kusow, Abdi M. Stigma.“ (Forthcoming). The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism. Wiley-Blackwell.  

Kusow, Abdi M. Somalia. (Forthcoming). The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism. Wiley-Blackwell.  

Under Review

Kusow, Abdi, Sitawa Kimuna, and Mmadi Corra. Socioeconomic Diversity among African Immigrants in the United States: An Intra African Immigrant Comparison. Under review, Journal of International Migration and Integration.

Eno, Mohamed, and Abdi Kusow. Racial and Caste Prejudice in Somalia. Under review, Chemchemi – International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences.