Admir Skodo


PhD, European University Institute, 2011

Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley, 2012-2014

President of the UC Berkeley Humanities and Social Sciences Association (, 2013- 

Admir Skodo is a researcher at the Swedish South Asian Studies Network at Lund University. He earned his PhD in history from the European University Institute. He has held research or teaching positions at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, Berkeley City College, and San Quentin Prison University Project. His research field is modern transnational and global history of ideas and migration. His previous research projects have been on youth activism in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the history of the eugenics movement, and the history of philosophical idealism in Germany, Italy, and Britain. He has published articles in The Times Literary Supplement, Modern Intellectual History, History of Political Thought, and a monograph with Palgrave Macmillan.

Admir’s current research draws on conceptual history, transnational history, and historical sociology in order to examine how the concept of the Afghan refugee/asylum seeker has been constructed and contested by the state, humanitarian NGOs, international organizations, immigration attorneys, voluntary associations, and refugees themselves during the Cold War and the War on Terror. He will focus on Afghans in the Swedish region Scania, the San Francisco Bay Area, and potentially northwestern Pakistan somewhere down the road.

In addition to being a scholar, Admir is the Founding President of the UC Berkeley Humanities and Social Sciences Association, which provides academic and career development opportunities for graduate students, postdocs, and visiting scholars. He also works as a freelance writer and researcher for American immigration attorneys.

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Appointment through March 2018