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Associate Professor of Sociology, Migration, and Mobility

Associate Professor of Sociology, Migration, and Mobility

Faisal Garba Muhammed is an Associate Professor of Sociology, Migration, and Mobility at The Africa Institute. Garba Muhammed obtained his education from several universities, including the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Universities of Ghana, Legon, Cape Town, and Freiburg.

Throughout his career, he has held fellowships at various esteemed institutions such as the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape, the Post-Growth Society College at the University of Jena, the Department of Economic Geography and the Institute of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth, the Merian Institute for Advanced Study in Africa at the University of Ghana, and the Centre for the Study of Social Systems at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Germany, Ghana, India, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United States of America. Currently, he also holds the role as a Research Associate at the University of Freiburg's Institut für Soziologie.


Garba Muhammed’s research is around migration and mobility, inequality, social theory and knowledge production, and social movements and working-class forms of organizing. He contributes articles to academic and popular outlets.

Recent Publications

  • "Migration and (In) Equality in the Global South: Intersections, Contestations and Possibilities." Zanj: The Journal of Critical Global South Studies 5, no. 1/2 (2022): 1-13.
  • "Free Movement and Regional Integration in the ECOWAS Sub-Region." In Migration in West Africa: IMISCOE Regional Reader, pp. 19-34. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2022.
  • "Pushed to the Margins." Zanj: The Journal of Critical Global South Studies 5, no. 1/2 (2022): 76-92.
  • "Capital (in) difference in Africa: The examples of Nigeria and South Africa 1." In Global Capital and Social Difference, pp. 45-63. Routledge India, 2020.

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