André van Dokkum

André van Dokkum (1967) studied Cultural Anthropology at Leiden University, graduating in 1993 with an empirical study on international rural labour migration to The Gambia, supervised by Dr Gerti Hesseling, and a theoretical thesis about culture, rationality and logic, supervised by Dr Franklin Tjon Sie Fat. His reworked fieldwork report was published by Leiden University and a chapter of his theoretical thesis appeared in Current Anthropology. He has since worked at the Eduardo Mondlane Foundation in Amsterdam where he was involved in development projects in Angola and Mozambique. He was a member of the editorial board of the Graduate Journal of Social Science, an academic periodical devoted to interdisciplinary research in the social sciences between 2004 and 2008 and has also reviewed manuscripts for Current Anthropology and the Journal for African Studies and Development. He worked at the African Studies Centre in Leiden in 2007 and 2008 where he edited two books with Jan Abbink, Verdeeld Africa and Dilemmas of Development. With Lorena Núñez and Melody Chia-Wen Lu he also edited a special issue of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies (2010) on South-South migration. He is a member of the international research working group on the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China (CA/AC).

He is currently working on his PhD on local politics in Barue District, Mozambique under the supervision of Jan Abbink and Maria Paula Meneses, and facilitated by the African Studies Centre. The research is using primary field data collected in Barue to analyse cultural variety in perceptions of democracy and to investigate how asserted political democratization and decentralization are being realized in practice.

A (André) van Dokkum
Former PhD Student