Darryl Li


Contact Information

Office: Haskell 216
Phone: (773) 702-4001
Email: darrylli@uchicago.edu
Website: https://chicago.academia.edu/DarrylLi

(PhD Harvard 2012; JD Yale 2009; Assistant Professor of Anthropology) Law, war, empire and colonialism, race, mobility, migration, carcerality; universalism, region-formation, sovereignty, violence, security, humanitarianism, human rights; Middle East, South Asia, Balkans. Li is writing a book about Arab volunteers who mobilized under the banner of jihad to join the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including their experiences of detention and deportation in the "Global War on Terror." He is at work on a second project on migrant military labor across the Indian Ocean. Li has participated in War on Terror-related litigation in U.S. and European courts and is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.

Selected Publications

Year Title / Publications PDF
n.d. 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 (forthcoming).
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.