Lahra Smith is a Political Scientist with a particular interest in citizenship, migration and political development in Africa. She is an Associate Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government at Georgetown University.  Prof. Smith’s book entitled Making Citizens in Africa: Ethnicity, Gender and National Identity in Ethiopia (Cambridge University Press, 2013) focuses on the role of political institutions in addressing conflict based largely on ethnic and language identities. Her ongoing research interests include mixed migration and irregular migration in the Horn of Africa, as well as citizenship and post-constitutional reform citizen education in Kenya. She was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship at Queen’s University, Canada in 2010, and she has had funding support from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright-Hays fellowship program.