Monrovia — Liberian scholar, Dr. Robtel Neajai Pailey, is Assistant Professor in International Social and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
She joined the LSE Department of Social Policy in September 2020 and contributes to a range of undergraduate and post-graduate courses.
A scholar-activist working at the intersection of Critical Development Studies and Critical African Studies, Robtel centres her research on how structural transformation is conceived and contested by local, national and transnational actors from 'crisis'-affected regions of the so-called Global South.
She has conducted multi-sited fieldwork across three continents, including in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Denmark, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, the United Kingdom and United States.
She is author of the forthcoming monograph Development, (Dual) Citizenship and Its Discontents in Africa: The Political Economy of Belonging to Liberia (Cambridge University Press, 2021).
Her work has also been published in academic journals such as Development and Change, African Affairs, Democratization, Migration Studies, Citizenship Studies, and Review of African Political Economy, amongst others.
Previously a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford and an Ibrahim Leadership Fellow at the African Development Bank Group,
Robtel completed her doctorate in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, in 2014.