Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Daniel Mulugeta

Key information

Department of Politics and International Studies Lecturer in International Politics of Africa and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow
Department of Politics and International Studies
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Daniel Mulugeta is a Lecturer in International Politics of Africa and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the ethnography of the state in Africa, pan-Africanism, and regional politics, cutting across the fields of politics, anthropology and sociology.

Previously, Daniel was a Lecturer in African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham (2021-2022) and before that a Postdoctoral Researcher on the African State Architecture project (2018-2021) at SOAS University of London. He completed his PhD in Politics at the University of Sheffield in January 2018.

Research interests

Daniel currently leads a major research project ‘Pan-African frontiers and identities: the remaking of Africa in world politics.’ The project is supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowship (£1,467,842) programme. The research explores the philosophical underpinnings of pan-Africanism as a rationale for and foil of peace and development and as a tool to enhance diaspora affinity networks by African and diaspora institutions. The project aims to bridge gaps between theory, policy and practice whilst developing perspectives that will help drive new political thinking in continental and regional policymaking and diaspora engagement.

Daniel’s UKRI FLF project builds on his research record in the ethnography of the state, pan-Africanism and regional politics. For his work on the African State Architecture project (2018-2021), he looked at the connections between architecture and regional and Pan-African politics. Daniel used architecture as a prism for understanding the complexity of different styles of regional identity, politics and geographic imaginations in contemporary Africa. As part of this research, he co-edited ‘Architecture and Politics in Africa Making, living and imagining identities through buildings’ with Joanne Tomkinson and Julia Gallagher (James Currey). His first book ‘The Everyday State in Africa Governance Practices and State Ideas in Ethiopia’ based on my PhD thesis, was published by Routledge in 2020.


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