Hauwa Mahdi

Senior Lecturer

School of Global
+46 31-786 25 05
Visiting address
Konstepidemins väg 2
41314 Göteborg
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Postal address
Box 700
40530 Göteborg

About Hauwa Mahdi

  • Lecturer, School of Global Studies.
  • Worked as a coordinator for Swedish gender researchers’ network, Gender and Development Network.
  • Previously, a lecturer at the Department of History, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.
  • Obtained Ph.D. 2006, Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg.
  • Thesis: Gender & Citizenship: Hausa women's political identity from the Caliphate to the Protectorate.

Areas of interestThe nexus of my research interests are African women and the impact of politics and political processes on them in society. With gender as an intersectional concept I have researched on the effects of colonial and later state’s policy on women's human rights. 

Current researchThree currently running research themes: on the effects of post-colonial state policies on gender relationships in rural, especially on issues of women's access to land and utilization of labour in the rural borders regions of the Republics of Nigeria and of Niger. The second research is about the domestication of the Child Rights Convention in African and Nigerian laws and practices. The third area is the importance of personal experiences and histories in the integration politics and political processes focusing on Somali women in Sweden. 

Teaching and tutoringMain teaching areas are in early and contemporary African History, gender theories and practices, and in human rights. Supervision of Masters degree and undergraduate projects.