Admir Skodo

affiliated with the university, Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, PhD

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences


  • Refugee studies, Right to asylum, Afghanistan, History of forced migration, Afghan asylum seekers, Swedish migration policy, US migration policy


Admir Skodo is a researcher at SASNET. 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 research at SASNET 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 and 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.

Recent research outputs

Admir Skodo, 2019, Utrikespolitiska Institutet, Stockholm. 32 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReport

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