Lahra Smith is an associate professor of African studies in the School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government in the College and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of International Migration. She joined the Georgetown faculty in 2006.
International activities include:
- Current research focuses on post-constitutional civic education reforms in Kenya, and refugees and forced migration in the Horn of Africa
- Author of Making Citizens in Africa: Ethnicity, Gender and National Identity in Ethiopia, two book chapters, and over eight journal and encyclopedia articles
- Received National Science Foundation RAPID grant for a study “Teaching Democracy During a Presidential Crisis in Kenya,” August 2018 to July 2019; Georgetown Environment Initiative grant “Assessment of the Environmental Impact of Protracted and New Refugee Camps in Diverse Ecological Contexts: A Study in Zambia,” with Douglas Howard, SFS Visiting Professor; National Science Foundation grant “The Political Economy of Localized Communal Conflicts in Ethiopia,” 2010 to 2014; National Endowment for the Humanities grant to develop a course on “The Question of Equality: Literature and Political Theory in the West and Africa,” 2011 to 2013
- Chair, African Politics Conference Group African Studies Association Program Committee, 2013; member, African Politics Conference Group Best Graduate Student paper Committee, 2011