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African Studies Program hosts March 7 discussion on land rights and electoral violence in Kenya

February 24th, 2017

UI International Programs and the African Studies Program invite you to attend an upcoming event titled "Claiming Land: Institutions, Narratives, and Political Violence in Kenya." This event will take place on Tuesday, March 7, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in 2520D University Capitol Centre.

The discussion will consider how the distribution and control of land and property shape the patterns and organization of election violence in multiparty Kenya. Variation in the distribution of land rights provides a powerful lens for explaining the dynamics of electoral violence, affecting both strategies of elite-led mobilization, and individual decisions to participate in violence. 

Guest speaker Kathleen Klaus (Ph.D., UW-Madison) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Northwestern University, 2015-2017. Her research focuses on land rights, violence, and post-conflict politics in Africa, with a focus on Kenya. Her work has been published or is forthcoming at the Journal of Peace Research and the African Studies Review. She is currently working on a book manuscript on land rights and electoral violence in Kenya.

To learn more about upcoming African Studies Program events, visit the ASP events page.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Melissa Tully in advance at or 319-335-3356.