Dr. Michelle Engeler
Research associate
Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät
Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Professur Förster

Research associate

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