Kevin Taber

Kevin Taber

Graduate Student


Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science, Indiana University
Future Faculty Teaching Fellow, Department of Political Science, Butler University
Student Affiliate, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, Indiana University
Fellow, Black Metropolis Research Consortium, University of Chicago, 2016

About Kevin Taber

Kevin’s dissertation, which was supported by fieldwork grants from Indiana University’s Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and a fellowship from the University of Chicago’s Black Metropolis Research Consortium, explores the impact of U.S.-based African migrant associations on political and economic development in their nations of origin. In doing so, it calls into question traditional theories of migrants’ transnational political activities and activism, predominantly drawn from Latin American cases, which are arguably not well-suited for explaining these phenomenon in the context of multi-ethnic consolidating democracies elsewhere in the developing world, as many forego deeper treatments of heterogeneous identities common within African migrant communities. Despite traditional arguments in migration and political norm diffusion literatures that a privileging of (co)ethnic identity in migrants’ transnational networks may dampen the likelihood they provide political and economic development assistance in a transparent manner – instead buttressing existing elites, institutions, and patronage networks in potentially undemocratic ways – his findings show that (co)ethnic identity actually strengthens transnational networks through which organizations are more likely to remit economic development assistance in tandem with “collective democratic remittances”: information intended to effect change in institutions and political culture by raising expectations for and promoting norms of transparency, accountability, and good governance in migrants’ nations of origin.