Abel Chikanda is an Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies and Geography. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography with specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations from the University of Western Ontario (2010). Professor Chikanda's main research and teaching interests include migration and development, refugee movement, food security, international development and the informal sector in Africa.
Professor Chikanda is the lead editor (with Jonathan Crush and Margaret Walton-Roberts) of Diasporas, Development and Governance (Springer, forthcoming, 2016) and co-editor (with Jonathan Crush and Caroline Skinner) of Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia, and Informality in South Africa (SAMP, ACC AND IDRC., forthcoming, 2015) He has also published articles in geography and African journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Population, Space and Place, The Canadian Geographer/Le Geographe Canadien, Canadian Journal for African Studies, African Geographical Review and Development Southern Africa. He has also conducted several training workshops for the International Organisation for Migration's African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration.
Prior to joining the University of Kansas, he held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellowship at Queen's University and was a project coordinator at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He also held teaching appointments at several universities in Canada including Western University, Queen's University, and the University of Waterloo.