Assistant Professor, Department of History and African Studies Program, New College
Safia Aidid is an interdisciplinary historian of modern Africa and Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the African Studies Program at New College. Her research addresses anticolonial nationalism, territorial imaginations, borders and state formation in the Horn of Africa, with a particular focus on modern Somalia and Ethiopia. Her current book manuscript, titled Pan-Somali Dreams: Ethiopia, Greater Somalia, and the Somali Nationalist Imagination, traces the history of Pan-Somali nationalism and its desire for a state form, a Greater Somalia, commensurate to the geography of Somali identity. Her research and writing has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Faculty of Arts & Science at U of T, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Department of History at Harvard.