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Mayke Kaag

Professor Anthropology of Politics and Governance in Africa

Prof.dr. M.M.A. Kaag
+31 71 527 3375

For an overview of Mayke Kaag's research and publications, visit her profile on the ASCL website.

Mayke Kaag is Professor of the Anthropology of Politics and Governance in Africa at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CADS) on behalf of the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL). She is also Professor in the Anthropology of Islam in Africa and its diaspora at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). 

Kaag did her PhD on land use and social change in Senegal (Vrije Universiteit 2001). Her current research focuses primarily on African transnational relations, including land issues, transnational Islamic charities, and engagements with the diaspora. She is the convenor of the collaborative research group ‘Africa in the World: Rethinking Africa’s Global Connections’. Key publications include: ‘The Global Land Grab. Beyond the Hype’ (co-edited with Annelies Zoomers, Zed Books 2014); ‘Islamic charities from the Arab world in Africa: intercultural encounters of humanitarianism and morality’ (2016); ‘Linking-in through education?: exploring the educational question in Africa from the perspective of flows and (dis)connections’ (2018), and ‘A plea for kaleidoscopic knowledge production’ (together with Miriam Ocadiz, 2019).

Mayke Kaag is Director of Studies at the ASCL and a member of its Executive Board.

Professor Anthropology of Politics and Governance in Africa

  • Afrika-Studiecentrum
  • Wetenschappelijke staf

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3A09



  • University of Amsterdam Professor by Special Appointment
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