Andrew Hernann

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, Adjunct Lecturer

Andrew Hernann is an advanced doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). He is also an adjunct lecturer in the Anthropology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. Andrew's research and teaching interests are concerned with the anthropology of crisis and the ethnography of displacement with a particular focus on political economy, violence, human rights, the state, Islam, and militarisation in the trans-Sahara. Andrew has conducted ethnographic research in Mali since 2010, and in 2013 he completed yearlong fieldwork with internally displaced persons and refugees from Timbuktu, Mali.

In collaboration with the Brookings Institution's Timbuktu Action Group, Andrew brings ethnographic methods into cultural diplomacy by capturing how international partnerships with and investment in local businesses could strengthen Timbuktian civil society and bolster regional security while decreasing local dependency on outside organisations.

Andrew regularly teaches courses on the anthropology of Africa, Islam, law, and secularism. He also contributes scholarly editorials to the Africa Is A Country blog and the Everyday Feminism magazine.

He is contactable via his website,, and on Twitter @andrewhernann.



Bandits, Radicals & Rebels: Violence in Mali

Despite the signing of a peace agreement, ongoing violence in Mali raises questions over the influence of Salafi-jihadi groups and radicalisation. But they are part of a wider problem, writes Andrew Hernann.

Andrew Hernann

17 Jun 2015


Origins of Mali's Islamist Occupation

Violence simmers in Mali as Islamist and separatist groups continue to protest government control, but the origins of the situation are older, explains Andrew Hernann.

Andrew Hernann

13 May 2015

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