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Tutu Fellow launches book on the struggles for dual citizenship in Liberia


2010 Tutu Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey PhD has launched her monograph Development, (Dual) Citizenship and Its Discontents in Africa: The Political Economy of Belonging to Liberia. Robtel is an Assistant Professor in International Social and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Robtel's book asks whether dual citizenship reproduces inequalities, using Liberia, Africa’s first black republic, as an extended case study. It is based on over 200 in-depth interviews in West Africa, Europe and North America. The inaugural launch of the book was held in Monrovia at the University of Liberia on official publication day on 7 January.

Further launches are scheduled throughout 2021 in London, UK; Washington, DC, USA; Accra, Ghana; and Freetown, Sierra Leone.  She digs into some of the issues in a BBC Focus on Africa interview with Esau Wiliams about the book. And she also addresses some of these questions in a video produced by the London School of Economics below:

While this may be Robtel's first academic book, she is also the author of the award-winning anti-corruption children’s books, Gbagba and Jaadeh!

For more about the monograph and the various launches across the globe and in Africa, visit her website.  


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