Nafeesah is a writer and independent researcher with a particular interest in literature, gender identity, and diaspora studies within the global South.

In 2019, Nafeesah Allen completed her Ph.D. in Forced Migration from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2013, she completed a postgraduate diploma in Folklore & Cultural Studies at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in New Delhi, India. She received IGNOU’s Gold Medal for meritorious academic performance for her ethnographic thesis on women of the Indian Diaspora. She completed a Masters of International Affairs at Columbia University in 2009 and graduated cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University in 2006. Her specializations included Latin American languages and literature, as well as race and social policy; she was granted an Institute of Latin American Studies fellowship to pursue research on the cultural and political representation of Brazil’s African Diaspora in the late 20th century.

For more information on her recent work: http://www.migration.org.za/nafeesah-allen/

She is a native of New Jersey, USA and has lived in India, Mozambique & Spain.

Photo Credit: Wesley Volcy