Fiori Berhane

Provost’s Post-Doctoral Fellow for Faculty Diversity (2021-2022), then Assistant Professor of Anthropology (2022-) in Global Black Studies at the University of Southern California
Ph.D. Dissertation Eritrea, A Diaspora in Two Parts: Memory, Political Organizing and Refugee Experiences in Italy
Master's Thesis When the Stakes are High: Political Organizing and Refugee Assistance amongst Eritrean Exiles in Bologna, Italy


Areas of Interest

Fiori entered the program in 2014. Her research focuses on black diasporic populations in Europe. She looks specifically at the Eritrean diaspora in Italy, the ways in which they have come to understand the recent refugee movements in Europe, and questions of political belonging. Her research interests broadly intersect with questions of humanitarian politics in the context of the current European refugee crisis. How does humanitarian aid differ when coming from within marginalized communities themselves? Broadly, she looks at notions of race, belonging, transnationalism, and the formation of communities under conditions of protracted political violence. Her work is situated broadly in socio-cultural anthropology, with an emphasis on political anthropology.

Previous Degrees

  • B.A. from Columbia University in New York
  • M.A. from City University of New York, City College