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Assistant Professor


PhD, City and Regional Planning (Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies), UC Berkeley
MSc., Public Health, LSHTM, University of London
MSc., Social Anthropology, University of Oxford
AB., Social Studies and African Studies, Harvard University

Teaching and Research Interests:

African cities, post-conflict urbanism, transitional justice; Rwanda and the Great Lakes region; Kenya and East Africa.

Current Research:

Shakirah Hudani specializes in African urbanism and post-conflict urban change. Her research focuses on urban change in post-genocide Rwanda, with relevance to the Great Lakes region, and to urban planning processes in East Africa. She began working in Rwanda in 2002, examining the Gacaca transitional justice process, and more recently returned to research urbanization and contemporary planning. Her new research focuses on peripheral urban change in Nairobi. She has held fellowships from the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at UNC, the Wenner Gren Foundation, the Institute for International Studies at UC Berkeley, and is a Rhodes Scholar (2004).


Hudani, S.E., 2024. Master Plans and Minor Acts: Repairing the City in Post-Genocide Rwanda. University of Chicago Press.

Hudani, S.E., 2023. Gates to the City:The Meanings and Morphology of Transformation on Nairobi’s Periphery. Representations, 162(1), pp.93-108.

Hudani, S. E. 2023. (book review) On the Singularity of the Southern City: Urban Change in Luanda. Journal of Planning History, 15385132231165470.

Hudani, S.E., 2021. “Carceral urbanism: Reconstructing the architecture of punitive space in post-genocide Rwanda.” Punishment & Society, p.14624745211034568.

Esmail, S. and Corburn, J., 2020. “Struggles to remain in Kigali’s “unplanned” settlements: The case of Bannyahe.” Environment and Urbanization, 32(1), pp.19-36.

Hudani, S.E., 2020. “The Green Masterplan: Crisis, State Transition and Urban Transformation in Post‐Genocide Rwanda.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 44(4), pp.673-690.

Honeyman, C., Hudani, S., Tiruneh, A., Hierta, J., Chirayath, L., Iliff, A. and Meierhenrich, J., 2004. “Establishing collective norms: Potentials for participatory justice in Rwanda.” Peace and Conflict, 10(1), pp.1-24.

Hudani, S. 2017. Book review of African Futures: Essays on Crisis, Emergence, and Possibility. Brian Goldstone and Juan Obarrio eds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. in Berkeley Planning Journal, 29(1), pp.153-158.