Gbemisola Abiola is a doctoral candidate at Harvard’s African and African American Studies program, where she has a disciplinary focus in Social Anthropology. Her research interests include critical terrorism studies, anthropologies of political violence, forced migration and displacement studies, women and gender studies, and studies on post-conflict reconstruction.
Her research examines the aftermath of Boko Haram’s terror on communities of displaced people in northeast Nigeria. Specifically, she focuses on how the resettlement and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) intersect with local, national, and transnational humanitarian interventions. Her current research, funded by the Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, studies the ways IDPs living in urban settlements and camps rebuild their lives amidst the CoVid 19 pandemic and the role humanitarianism plays in their strivings for survival. She has conducted several ethnographic research trips to Nigeria’s Borno state - the state hardest hit by Boko Haram’s violence - and has acquired vast research expertise, and developed deep insight on how internal displacement shapes the social and economic landscape of the region.
During the 2020-2021 academic year, Gbemisola will be a fellow at the Cluster on Inequality and Inclusion at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; and a fellow at the International Security Program at the Belfer Center, at Harvard Kennedy School.