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, infrastructures, migration and diaspora, and agrarian relations and land tenure. 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 Boston University 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, co-leads (with Parker Shipton) the ASC Working Group on Land Mortgage, and is project manager for the National Endowment for the Humanities Ajami Research Project, and Readers in Ajami Project. 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, American Anthropologist, Journal of International Relations and Development, Global Policy, International Journal of African Historical Studies, and Review of International Political Economy.