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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


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

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