Fiori Berhane

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Fiori Berhane
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Fiori Berhane broadly researches the ways in which African refugees challenge discursive and legal-juridical frameworks that undergird the Central Mediterranean crossing. In particular, she studies the ways in which Eritrean refugee activists engage with colonial, post-colonial and neo-colonial policies and embedded histories in Italy within efforts to redress multi-modal violence– that which takes place in their country of origin, transit and settlement.


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, Brown University, 5/2021
  • M.S. Education, City College, City University of New York, 2/2013
  • B.A. Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia College, Columbia University in the City of New York, 5/2007
  • Research Keywords

    Refugees, Political and Legal Anthropology, Black Studies, Transnationalism and Migration, Collective Memory, Violence and Post-Colonial Studies

  • Contracts and Grants Awarded

    • Eritrea, A Diaspora in Two Parts, (Wenner Gren Foundation), Fiori S. Berhane, $12,956, 2017-2018
    • American Academy at Rome, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Modern Italian Studies, 2019-2020
    • Fulbright Award, Open Study Award to Italy, 2017-2018