Dr. Michelle Engeler
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät
Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Professur Förster

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Ethnologisches Seminar
Münsterplatz 19
4051 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 27 48

Michelle Engeler is a postdoctoral researcher, lecturer and project coordinator (MIGCHOICE) at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel. Her current research project investigates youth, migration and development in West Africa. Previous projects concentrated on the im/mobility of highly skilled people of West African origin and the youth-state nexus in Guinea. 

Her PhD thesis (completed in 2013) focused on young people living in a Guinean border town. Key questions addressed young people's agency, different actors' life trajectories and the state in the making.

Focus in Teaching:

  • qualitative research methods
  • youth
  • political anthropology
  • migration/mobility
  • Anthropology of the State
  • Youth Studies
  • Academic Lifeworlds
  • Migration/Mobility
  • Borderland
  • Methodology
  • Life History
  • West Africa, in particular Guinea and Burkina Faso
Engeler, M. (2019) Youth and the state in Guinea: Meandering lives. Bielefeld: Transcript (Culture and social practice).   edoc
Engeler, M. (2018) “Between Afropolitans and new Sankaras. Class mobility and the reproduction of academics in Burkina Faso”, focaal. Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. Berghahn Books, 80, pp. 77–90. doi: 10.3167/fcl.2018.800106.   edoc
Steuer, N., Engeler, M. and Macamo, E. (eds.) (2017) Dealing with elusive futures. University graduates in urban Africa. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag (Culture and social practice ). Available at: https://www.degruyter.com/viewbooktoc/product/488867.   edoc
Titel Status
MIGCHOICE: Ethnographic research on migration decision making in Guinea Abgeschlossen
Longing for the Future - Practices and Imaginations of Young Graduates Abgeschlossen
Construire son avenir: Selbstverständnis und Laufbahnpraktiken von Jungdiplomierten in Burkina Faso und Mali Abgeschlossen