Cawo Abdi

Contact Me

Sociology Department
1146 Soc Sci Building
267 19th Ave South

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Sociology, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, 2006.
  • MA: University of Guelph, Canada, 2002.
  • BSocSc: Economics, University of Ottawa, Canada, 1995.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Migration; Gender, Race and Class; Family; Islam; Education, Development Studies; Human Rights; Globalization; Africa; Middle East.
Courses Taught
  • Soc 1001: Introduction to Sociology
  • Soc 3505: Transnational Migration
  • Soc 3681: Gender and Family in the Islamic World
  • Soc 8390: Topics in Soc: Comparing Migrations
  • Soc 8390: Topics in Soc: Global Migrations
Research & Professional Activities


  • One of my new projects examines the educational attainment and school choices of new migrants. For children of migrant parents, the American education system can be their ladder to social mobility and the realization of their American dream, or it can leave them behind as a part of millions of Americans whose lives remain precarious. This study investigates the increasing role ethnocentric charter schools are playing in new refugee and migrant groups’ education in Minnesota and how this shapes their long-term settlement and integration in the United States.,
  • Fulbright Research Fellowship to South Africa, 2012 - 2013