Sandra F. Joireman
Weinstein Chair of International Studies
Professor of Political Science

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989, Sandra Joireman went on to graduate school at the University of California, Los Angeles, receiving a MA in political science in 1992 and a Ph.D. in 1995. Following field research for her dissertation in Ethiopia, Professor Joireman moved to the UK where she was a Visiting Fellow at Queen Elizabeth House International Development Centre at the University of Oxford and also worked at the Centre for the Study of African Economies. Immediately prior to coming to the University of Richmond, Professor Joireman worked at Wheaton College in the Chicago area. 

Throughout her career Professor Joireman has worked on issues of legal development and property rights and has published several books and numerous articles on these issues. While most of her fieldwork has been in Africa, she has recently been working on post-conflict property rights which has taken her to Kosovo in the Western Balkans, where she was recently a Visiting Professor at the American University of Kosovo. Professor Joireman has also been an activist on issues of hunger and poverty in the US and abroad and is currently chair of the Board of Directors of Bread for the World. 

Grants and Fellowships

Earhart Foundation Research Grant, "Property, Political Authority and Return in Liberia," 2012-2013

Earhart Foundation Research Grant, "Where There Is No Government: Enforcing Property Rights in Common Law Africa," 2009

Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Kosovo, 2012-2013

“Securing Property Rights for Women (and Men) in Kosovo,” World Bank Land and Poverty Conference April 10, 2013. 

“Property Rights Issues in Kosovo,” US Embassy Economic Working Group, Pristina, Kosovo, February 26, 2013. 

“Property Rights; The Gap Between Law and Enforcement in Kosovo,” American University in Kosovo, Democratization and Rule of Law Speaker Series, February 15, 2013, Pristina, Kosovo.

“Property rights enforcement in Kibera Settlement, Nairobi,” Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, February 10, 2012. 

“Enforcing Property Rights in Weak States,”  Paper presented at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting,  Washington DC, November 19, 2011.

“Measuring and Enforcing Women's Property Rights: New Ways to Look at the Data and the Enforcement Challenges,” USAID, Washington, DC, November 19, 2011.

“Enforcing Property Rights in Weak States,” African Studies Association Meeting, Washington DC, November 18, 2011. 

“Property Rights and Agriculture in Post-Conflict Settings,” Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies, US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, February 2, 2011.

“Neglected Opportunities: Investment Climate, Rights to Assets, and Women’s Untapped Potential,” USAID Summer Seminar, Washington DC, July 22, 2010 

“Customary Land Tenure and Economic Development in Africa, “  Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research,  Conference on Land Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa, Arlington, VA, June 25, 2010

“Property Rights Enforcement by Non-Governmental Organizations,” Western Economic Association International,  Portland, OR, June 30-July 3, 2010

“In Search of Order: Property Rights Enforcement in Kibera Settlement, Kenya." The World Bank Conference on Land Policy and Administration, Washington, DC, April 26-27, 2010.

American Political Science Association
International Studies Association
African Studies Association
African Politics Conference Group
Selected Publications

Joireman, Sandra F., Where There is No Government: Enforcing Property Rights in Common Law Africa, (New York: Oxford University Press), 2011.

Joireman, Sandra F. (ed.), Church, State and Citizen, (New York: Oxford University Press), 2009.

Joireman, Sandra F., Nationalism and Political Identity, (London and New York: Continuum Press), 2003.

Joireman, Sandra Fullerton, Property Rights and Political Development in Ethiopia and Eritrea: the State and Land, 1941-1974, (Oxford: James Currey/ Athens: Ohio University Press), 2000.


Joireman, Sandra F., “The Property Rights of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Beyond Restitution,” Anneke Smit, Journal of Refugee Studies, forthcoming 2014.

Joireman, Sandra F. and Jason Brown, “Property: Human Right or Commodity?” Journal of Human Rights,12(2), 2013, pp. 165-179.

Joireman, Sandra F., Adam Sawyer and Juliana Wilhoit, “A Different Way Home: Resettlement Patterns in Northern Uganda,” Political Geography, 31(4), 2012, 197-204.

Joireman, Sandra F., “An Abundance of Violence and a Poverty of Words,” Ethnopolitics, Volume 9 Issue 2, 2010, 275-279.

Joireman, Sandra F., “Food Insecurity in the United States,” Mother Earth Sister Peace, Winter 2010, p.6.

Joireman, Sandra F., “Killing Neighbors:  Webs of Violence in Rwanda,” Lee Ann Fujii, Nations and Nationalism, 16(1), 2010, 198-200.


Joireman, Sandra F. “Entrapment or Freedom: enforcing customary property rights regimes in common law Africa,” Jeanmarie Fenrich, Paolo Galizzi and Tracy Higgins, eds., The Future of African Customary Law, (New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles 1995
Political Science
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles 1992
Political Science
A.B., Washington University in St. Louis 1989
Anthropology and Political Science
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