SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Khadija Alia Bah

BSc (honors, Cornell); MA, (IDS, Sussex); MPhil (Cambridge)


Khadija Alia Bah
Khadija Alia Bah
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Thesis title:
Impact of Crisis as a Condition on Individual and Intergenerational Aspirations (working title)
Internal Supervisors

External Supervisors

Dr. Melissa Parker, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


I came to SOAS with extensive field experience across Africa with the UN. I was a member of the World Health Organization’s Ebola Response Team in Sierra Leone during the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola pandemic. Prior to that, I worked with WFP, UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNDP; the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); the World Bank; the Government of Sierra Leone and the UK Government.

Born in Sierra Leone, I spent most of my adult life in the US; and now settled in the UK. I am a feminist and a Marxist. Feminism, for me, is about fairness. Marxism enables me to ask the difficult and probing questions so I can learn.

I enjoyed long treks, intellectual debates, films and entertaining at home.

PhD Research

My research project aims to investigate how crisis as a condition shapes one’s worldview, life expectations and aspirations, and intergenerational aspirations in Makeni, in northern Sierra Leone. The project is funded by a joint SOAS/LSHTM Bloomsbury Studentship. I welcome the challenge of working on a doctoral project.