Ali H. Bhagat



︎ International Political Economy
︎ Global Displacement
︎ Race, Sexuality & Intersectional IPE
︎ Big Tech & The State


As of 2022, I have started a post at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where I am Assistant Professor in International Development Studies and Political Studies. Concurrently, I am also a Visiting Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Previous to this, I was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Manchester in the Department of Politics (2019-2022).

I received my PhD in Political Studies from Queen’s University (Fields: IR and Comparative), where my research on forced displacement was informed by extensive, fieldwork in Paris and Nairobi. The project was funded by IDRC, the W.C Good Memorial Fellowship, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. I have transformed this dissertation into a book manuscript (in contract with Cornell University Press) titled The Displaced: Race, Refugees and Ambivalence under Capitalism. My work sits at the intersection of International Political Economy and Urban Geography. I draw on Marxist, critical race, and psychoanalytical theories to understand the refugee survival governance particularly as it surrounds work, shelter, and political belonging.

I am currently working on my second book project where I will explore the formation of the state in racial capitalism in South Africa with particular attention to the treatment of migrants from 1900-present. I call this project Detention, Displacement, and Deportation.