Yousuf Al-Bulushi

Assistant ProfessorUrban Peace Studies

Yousuf Al-Bulushi is Assistant Professor of Urban Peace Studies in the Center for Geographies of Justice at Goucher College.  He received his PhD in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his BA in the Program in Literature from Duke University.  His research has focused on struggles of the urban poor in contemporary South Africa, the historical geography of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and a comparative study of the uneven geographies of global movements in the twenty-first century.  Generous funding for this research has come from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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Articles & Book Chapters 

Al-Bulushi, Yousuf. (2017) “Precarity, Surplus, and the Urban Political: Shack Life in South Africa” in The Urban Political, Enright, Theresa & Rossi, Ugo, (eds). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.   

Al-Bulushi, Yousuf. (2014) “Spaces and Times of Occupation,” Transforming Anthropology. Vol. 22, Issue 1: 2-6. 

Al-Bulushi, Yousuf. (2014) Special Issue Guest Editor: Spaces and Times of Occupation, Transforming Anthropology. Vol. 22, Issue 1. 

RP Collective. (2013) “Gleaning the Current Conjuncture,” Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. Vol. 45, No. 4: 779-784 

Al-Bulushi, Yousuf. (2012) “Learning from Urban Revolt: From Watts to the Banlieues”. CITY: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action. Vol. 16, Issue 1-2: 34-56

Book Reviews

Al-Bulushi, Yousuf. (2014) Alex Loftus’s ‘Everyday Environmentalism: Creating an Urban Political Ecology,’ Cultural Geographies, April 2014: Vol. 21, No. 2: 310-313. 

Al-Bulushi, Yousuf. (2013) Franco Barchiesi’s ‘Precarious Liberation: Workers, the State, and Contested Social Citizenship in Postapartheid South Africa,’ Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa. No. 83: 94-102. 

Al-Bulushi, Yousuf. (2012) Mahmood Mamdani’s ‘Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror,’ Human Geography, Vol. 5, No. 1: 99-102.

Journalist Publications

Al-Bulushi, Yousuf. (2015) “The Specter of 1968 in Baltimore,” Euronomade. June 6. 

External Awards, Honors, Grants

Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, June 2017-June 2018, Junior Faculty Research Fellowship, $15,000 

Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Grant Fellowship, June 2013-May 2014, Dissertation completion fellowship, $20,000 

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

American Association of Geographers, April 3, 2017. Boston, Massachusetts. “Globalization and the Matter of Black Lives: A Transnational Dialogue.”  

American Anthropological Association, November 19, 2016. Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Geopolitics and Geoeconomics.”  

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Race, Racism and Indigeneity: Anti-Colonial Resurgence and Decolonial Resistance Conference, November 4, 2016. University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. “Precarity in the Shack Zone.” 

African Studies Association & American Anthropological Association, June 1, 2016. Dakar, Senegal. Session Organizer and Introducer: “Author Meets Critics: Michael Ralph’s Forensics of Capital.”  

American Association of Geographers, April 23, 2015. Chicago, Illinois. “The Urban Political in Contemporary South Africa.”  

American Association of Geographers, April 8, 2014. Tampa, Florida. “South African Movement in Global Context.”  

Duke University – UNC Consortium in Latin American Studies Conference, February 8, 2014. “Thinking the Limits of ‘Transition’ and ‘Justice’ from South Africa.”  

American Anthropological Association, November 17, 2012. “Struggle Lessons: from Tahrir Square to Pearl Roundabout.”  

American Association of Geographers, February 26, 2012. “Fanon in South Africa’s Cities.”  

Social Sciences Research Council--Mellon Mays Summer Conference, Princeton University, June 16, 2011 “Democracy in the City: From Watts to the Banlieues.” 

Roundtable: “Africa in a Time of Crisis and Upheaval,” UNC-CH, April 1, 2011. Organizer and Presenter: “Geopolitics and the Arab Spring in Egypt and Libya.  

Social Sciences Research Council—Mellon Mays Summer Conference, Oberlin College, June 17, 2010. Paper Presentation: “Lessons from the Margins of a South African Metropolis.”  

Social Sciences Research Council—Mellon Mays Summer Conference, Oberlin College, June 18, 2009. Paper Presentation: “Darfur, the Colonial Legacy and Activist Saviors”.  

Invited Talks

Concilium on Southern Africa, Duke University, March 22, 2017. Durham, North Carolina. “South Africa in a Whirlwind.”  

Emerging Scholars in Africana Studies, Gettysburg College, February 12, 2017. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. “Black Geographies in Democratic South Africa.”  

University of Toronto Black Geographies Working Group, November 3, 2016. University of Toronto, Department of Geography and Urban Planning, Toronto, Canada. “A Methodology for Black Geographies.” 

Storia Na LugarunGrounding Narratives June 15, 2016. Praia, Cabo Verde. Invited Talk: “Africa, Urban Change, and Global Movements.”  

Cornell University Africana Studies and Research Center, Symposium: African Thinking and its Limits. June 26, 2015. Ithaca, NY. “The Limits of the Africana Political.”  

Yale University Council on African Studies, Symposium: Popular Protest in Africa, December 2, 2013. “Comments on Africa Uprising.”  

Brown University Watson Institute for International Studies, Symposium: Engaged Scholarship, February 23, 2013. “Living Learning and Research Militancy in South Africa and Beyond.”  

Academic or Professional Associations

American Association of Geographers 

American Anthropological Association 

African Studies Association