Robtel Neajai Pailey, MSc, PhD
Senior Researcher, International Migration Institute, University of Oxford
Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author with over a decade of combined professional experiences in Africa, Europe and North America. Her core areas of research expertise include development, migration, citizenship, diasporas, transnationalism, conflict, post-war recovery, governance, and the political economy of aid, trade and remittances. Robtel is the author of Gbagba, an anti-corruption children’s book published by One Moore Book in 2013 to critical acclaim and subsequently placed on the list of supplemental readers for 3rd to 5th graders in Liberia and Primary 3 in Ghana. Her writing and scholarship have also appeared in journals including Citizenship Studies and the Liberian Studies Journal; the 2016 book The New Humanitarians in International Practice: Emerging Actors and Contested Principles; the 2014 book Leadership in Post-Colonial Africa: Trends Transformed by Independence; the 2007 book From the Slave Trade to ‘Free’ Trade: How Trade Undermines Democracy and Justice in Africa; the Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings; and other publications such as The International New York Times, Al Jazeera English, Newsweek-Daily Beast, The Guardian(UK) and the Daily Observer (Liberia), amongst others. Robtel holds bachelors degrees in African Studies and English Literature from Howard University, a masters degree in African Studies from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London.