Beth Elise Whitaker is associate professor and associate chair/undergraduate director in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. From 2010 to 2012, she served as chair of the 600+-member African Politics Conference Group. Her research focuses on African international relations, with an emphasis on migration and security issues. As a Fulbright Scholar in Kenya in 2005-06, she conducted research on U.S.-Kenyan relations in the context of the “war on terror.” She has done fieldwork on the politics of hosting refugees in Tanzania (1996-1998, 2003) and on anti-foreigner attitudes in Botswana (2005). She worked previously at the Brookings Institution and the American Council on Education and has been a consultant for the U.S. Department of State, the Social Science Research Council, the United Nations Foundation, and Save the Children Fund. Her articles appear in International Migration Review, International Affairs, Review of International Studies, International Studies Perspectives, Global Governance, Third World Quarterly, African Studies Review, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Refugee Studies, and several edited volumes. She received her Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.