Department of Anthropology and the College
Darryl Li is an anthropologist and attorney who works on issues related to war, law, empire, race, and migration in transregional perspective. His first book, under contract with Stanford University Press, is an ethnographic and archival study of transnational jihad movements in the international legal order, with a focus on Arab volunteers who fought in the 1992–95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is also at work on a project funded by the Social Science Research Council on migrant military labor across the Indian Ocean. His most recent research has appeared in Law & Social Inquiry and the UCLA Law Review. He serves on the editorial committee of the Middle East Research and Information Project.
Li is a member of the New York bar and has participated in litigation arising out of the “War on Terror,” helping to represent detainees in Guantánamo Bay and survivors of CIA rendition and torture programs, writing amicus briefs on issues pertaining to citizenship revocation and immigration detention, and acting as an expert witness in terrorism and asylum cases in the United States and Europe.
He received his PhD in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University and completed a concurrent JD at Yale Law School. Previously, he was a postdoctoral research scholar at Columbia University and an associate research scholar at Yale Law School.