Ladan Affi

Assistant Professor
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  • Telephone: 971 2 599 3283
  • Address: Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, FF2-1-011

Ladan Affi is a political scientist (Comparative Politics; Political Theory; Africa) who received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught and researched at universities in the US, Djibouti, Qatar and the UAE.


Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

Somali Studies International Association

Research and Professional Activities

Current Project

A member of a group of researchers working on Women and Peacebuilding in Africa project, which is funded by the Carnegie Corporation and the Foreign Ministry of Norway. The project includes Algeria, Northern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan.

Research Interests

Gender, peacebuilding and politics; maritime piracy off the Horn of Africa; the role of diaspora in development, conflict and governance within fragile states.

Teaching Areas


  • POL 227 – Introduction to Political Science
  • POL325 Comparative Politics
  • POL 331 Principles of International Relations
  • HSS 397 Special Topics: Women and Conflict
  • HSS 497 Senior Seminar

Affi, L., Elmi, A. A., Knight, W. A., & Mohamed, S. (2016). Countering Piracy Through Private Security Companies in the Horn of Africa: Origins and Consequences. Third World Quarterly.