Nafeesah Allen is a culture writer, freelance editor, and independent researcher with a particular interest in race, migration, gender identity, and African and Indian diasporas. She's a regular writer for Bold Culture Hub and Go-Galavant.com, and is a ghostwriter for a number of blogs. She has a forthcoming publication with Palgrave ""Indo-Mozambicans: Competing Decolonization in the Lusophone Indian Ocean," and specializes in proofreading and copyediting academic papers for non-native English speakers (CRM Cactus). She speaks and translates Spanish and Portuguese.

Her portfolio: www.nafeesahallen.com/publications
Her sosh meeds: www.twitter.com/theblaxpat
Her academic work: http://www.migration.org.za/nafeesah-allen/

In 2019, Nafeesah Allen completed her Ph.D. in Forced Migration from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2013, she completed a postgraduate diploma in Folklore & Cultural Studies at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in New Delhi, India. She received IGNOU’s Gold Medal for meritorious academic performance for her ethnographic thesis on women of the Indian Diaspora. She completed a Masters of International Affairs at Columbia University in 2009 and graduated cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University in 2006. Her specializations included Latin American languages and literature, as well as race and social policy; she was granted an Institute of Latin American Studies fellowship to pursue research on the cultural and political representation of Brazil’s African Diaspora in the late 20th century. She is a native of New Jersey, USA and has lived in India, Mozambique, Angola & Spain.

Other Works

  • “Remembering the Camps: Portuguese De-Colonization, Competing Colonialisms in Mozambique, and Deportation to India.”