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Dr. Tricia Redeker Hepner

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  • B.A. 1996, Anthropology, Barnard College, Columbia University.
  • M.A. 2000, Anthropology, Michigan State University.
  • Ph.D. 2004, Anthropology, Michigan State University.
  • Certificate in Forced Migration and Refugee Issues, June 2009, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University.

Research Interests

Political and legal anthropology; Northeast Africa and the Great Lakes Region of Eastern Africa; African diasporas; forced migration (refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced); human rights; conflict and peace-building; transnationalism; politics and governance; development

Selected Publications


2015 Berger, Iris, Tricia Redeker Hepner, Benjamin Lawrence, JoAnn Tague and Meredith Terretta, eds. African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony and Refugee Rights. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

2013  Omeje, Kenneth and Tricia Redeker Hepner, eds. Conflict and Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press.

2009  Hepner, Tricia Redeker. Soldiers, Martyrs, Traitors and Exiles: Political Conflict in Eritrea and the Diaspora. Ethnography of Political Violence Series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

2009  O'Kane, David and Tricia Redeker Hepner, eds.  Biopolitics, Militarism and Development: Eritrea in the 21 st Century. Dislocations Series. New York: Berghahn Books.  

Selected Articles and Chapters

2015  Hepner, Tricia Redeker.  “The ‘Asylum-Advocacy Nexus’ in Anthropological Perspective: Agency, Activism, and the Construction of Eritrean Political Identities.” in Berger et al., eds.  African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony and Refugee Rights. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. 

2015 [2009]   Hepner, Tricia Redeker. “Generation Nationalism and Generation Asylum: Eritrean Migrants, the Global Diaspora, and the Transnational Nation-State.” Diaspora 18: 2/: 184-207. Special issue, “Migrant Political Generations,” edited by Susan Eckstein and Mette Louise Berg.

2014   Hepner, Tricia Redeker. “Religion, Repression and Human Rights in Eritrea and the Diaspora.” Journal of Religion in Africa 44: 151-188.

2013   Hepner, Tricia Redeker and Samia Tecle. “New Refugees, Development-Forced Displacement, and Transnational Governance in Eritrea and Exile.” Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development 42: 1-2.

2013   Tricia Redeker Hepner. “Emergent Eritrean Human Rights Movements: Politics, Law and Culture in Transnational Perspective.” In Worlds of Human Rights: Ambiguities of Rights Claiming in Africa, edited by William Derman, Anne Hellum, and Kristen Bergtora Sandvik. Leiden: Brill Publishers. Pp. 277-302.

2013   Opiyo, Lindsay McClain and Tricia Redeker Hepner. “Youth in Transition: The Arts and Cultural Resonance in Post-Conflict Northern Uganda.” In Conflict and Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region, edited by Kenneth Omeje and Tricia Redeker Hepner. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Pp. 179-196.

2012  Hepner, Tricia Redeker. “Militarization, Generational Conflict, and the Eritrean Refugee Crisis.” African Childhoods: Peacebuilding, Education, and Development in the Youngest Continent. Marisa O. Ensor, ed. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. Pp. 152-175.

2009  Seeking Asylum in a Transnational Social Field: New Refugees and Struggles for Autonomy and Human Rights. In O'Kane and Hepner, eds. Biopolitics, Militarism, and Development: Eritrea in the 21st Century. Dislocations Series. New York: Berghahn Books. pp. 183-206.

2008  Transnational Governance and the Centralization of State Power in Eritrea and Exile. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 31: 3: 476-502.


Dr. Tricia Redeker Hepner

Contact Information

Dr. Tricia Redeker Hepner
Associate Professor
250 South Stadium Hall
Knoxville, Tennessee

Phone: 865-974-8962