Maurizio Albahari

Associate Professor of Anthropology; Concurrent Associate Professor, Keough School of Global Affairs

Maurizio Albahari

620 Flanner Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-7759

Maurizio Albahari

Associate Professor of Anthropology; Concurrent Associate Professor, Keough School of Global Affairs


Migration and refugee mobility in the Euro-Mediterranean region, the Mediterranean Sea, and Italy; sovereignty, democracy, and human rights; citizenship, cities, and aesthetics; pluralism and religion in public life.

At the Keough School

Maurizio Albahari is concurrent associate professor of anthropology in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. He is a faculty fellow of the Keough School’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and Nanovic Institute for European Studies.


  • Global Migrations (undergraduate elective)
  • Identity, Equality, Democracy (undergraduate peace studies elective)
  • The World in Rome: Pathways of Migration and Citizenship (undergraduate elective)

Research and Publications

Albahari is a social-cultural anthropologist (PhD, University of California Irvine) who explores the tension between human existence and structures of power. He is the author of Crimes of Peace: Mediterranean Migrations at the World’s Deadliest Border, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press as part of its Series in Human Rights (2015).

Albahari has published extensively on the humanitarian, socio-cultural, legal, and geopolitical components of the ongoing refugee “crisis,” as well as on forms of civic engagement and migrant integration. His current research traces modalities of participatory citizenship and trans-Mediterranean mobilization emerging in the everyday life of maritime spaces, as well as of changing cities in Italy and in the region. It seeks to capture, ethnographically and conceptually, emerging practices of engaged citizenship that might be maritime, urban, and local, but not parochial; coherently political, but not institutionalized; transnational, but not national in the first place.

Albahari’s research has appeared in Anthropology Today, Anthropological Quarterly, Anthropology News, Social Research, InTraformazione, and the Journal on Migration and Human Security.

In the Media

Albahari has written for media outlets including History News Network, openDemocracy, Diritti Globali, Mobilizing Ideas, Perspektif, Fox News, and CNN.