Samson A. Bezabeh, an anthropologist, was previously a Post-doctoral fellow at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and has been affiliated with the University of Bergen, the University of Exeter, and Addis Ababa University. His research interests include diaspora studies, state society interaction, colonialism, as well as issues of citizenship, ethnicity, and class in Africa. His article, “Citizenship and the Logic of Sovereignty in Djibouti,” published in African Affairs, won the journal’s African Author Prize. He has finalized a book length study that describes the interaction between Yemeni diaspora, state and empires in Djibouti and Ethiopia. Currently, he is researching the way in which state-society interaction is being reshaped in the Horn of Africa by the presence of Chinese sponsored cross-border infra-structure projects.