Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences in the College

Lecturer in Law

PhD, Harvard University, 2012; JD, Yale Law School, 2009


Darryl Li is an anthropologist and attorney working at the intersection of war, law, migration, empire, and race with a focus on transregional linkages between the Middle East, South Asia, and the Balkans.

Li's forthcoming book from Stanford University Press develops an ethnographic approach to the comparative study of universalism using the example of transnational "jihadists" -- specifically, Arabs and other foreigners who fought in the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia Herzegovina. Drawing on ethnographic and archival research conducted in Bosnia and a half-dozen other countries, the monograph situates transnational jihads in relation to more powerful universalisms, including socialist Non-Alignment, United Nations peacekeeping, and the U.S.-led "Global War on Terror." He is at work on a second project on migrant military labor (frequently called "mercenaries" or "military contractors") across the Indian Ocean.

Li has participated in litigation arising from the "War on Terror" as party counsel, amicus, or expert witness, including in Guantánamo habeas, Alien Tort, material support, denaturalization, immigration detention, and asylum proceedings. He is a member of the New York and Illinois bars.


Contact Information

Office: Haskell 216
Phone: (773) 702-4001
Email: darrylli@uchicago.edu
Website


Selected Publications

2018
From Exception to Empire: Sovereignty, Carceral Circulation, and the "Global War on Terror." In Ethnographies of U.S. Empire, eds. Carole McGranahan & John Collins, Duke University Press.

2016
Jihad in a World of Sovereigns: Law, Violence, and Islam in the Bosnia Crisis. Law & Social Inquiry.

2015
Offshoring the Army: Migrant Workers and the U.S. Military. UCLA Law Review.

2014
Capital, Migration, Intervention: Rethinking Gulf Islamic Charities. In Gulf Charities and Islamic Philanthropy in the "Age of Terror" and Beyond, eds Robert Lacey & Johnathan Benthall, Gerlach Press.

2012
Taking the Place of Martyrs: Afghans and Arabs Under the Banner of Islam. Arab Studies Journal.

2010
A Universal Enemy?: "Foreign Fighters" and Legal Regimes of Exclusion and Exemption Under the "Global War on Terror." Columbia Human Rights Law Review.

2006
The Gaza Strip as Laboratory: Notes in the Wake of Disengagement. Journal of Palestine Studies.

2004
Echoes of Violence: Considerations on Radio and Genocide in Rwanda. Journal of Genocide Research.