Beth Elise Whitaker is associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focuses on African international relations, with an emphasis on migration and security issues. She and five colleagues currently have a large grant from the Minerva Initiative of the U.S. Department of Defense for a research project on rebel group financing, with a particular focus on natural resources. As a Fulbright Scholar in Kenya in 2005-06, she conducted research on U.S.-African 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 anti-foreigner attitudes in Botswana (2005). From 2010 to 2012, she served as chair of the 600+-member African Politics Conference Group, a network of political scientists who study Africa. 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 the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 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.