Daivi Rodima-Taylor

Daivi Rodima-Taylor, Ph.D. is a social anthropologist and Africanist, and researcher and lecturer at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. Her research focuses on informal economies and local innovation, finance, fintech and inclusion, migration and diaspora, as well as post-socialist and post-authoritarian transitions. Her longitudinal field research in East Africa studied local associations of mutual security such as collaborative work groups and rotating savings-credit associations, as well as informal courts and militias with their local modes of vigilantism and dispute resolution, which proliferated in post-socialist Tanzania. She has been leading BU’s interdisciplinary Task Force on migrant remittances and human security, which was one of the very first initiatives to systematically study post-conflict migrant remittances and their role in reconstruction and development. She directs the BU African Studies Center Diaspora Studies Initiative, coordinates NEH-funded research project on Ajami literacy and education in West Africa, and co-leads with Parker Shipton the Working Group on Land Mortgage and Epistemology. Daivi has taught anthropology, international relations, and sustainable development, and contributed to international development work. She has published in academic and policy-oriented journals, including Africa (International African Institute), African Studies Review, Global Networks, American Ethnologist, Social Analysis, International Journal of African Historical Studies, and Review of International Political Economy.