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 Sandra F. Joireman
Sandra F. Joireman
Associate Provost for Faculty
Weinstein Chair of International Studies
Professor of Political Science

Sandra F. Joireman is the Weintein Chair of International Studies, Professor of Political Science, and Associate Provost for Faculty at the University of Richmond. She specializes in comparative political economy with an emphasis on Africa and the Western Balkans. Her work covers topics related to property rights, legal change and post-conflict return migration.

Grants and Fellowships

Earhart Foundation Research Grant, "Property, Political Authority and Return in Liberia," 2012-2013

Earhart Foundation Research Grant, "Where There Is No Government: Enforcing Property Rights in Common Law Africa," 2009

Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Kosovo, 2012-2013

“Kenya's Smallholder Settlement Schemes Past and Present: A retrospective and prospective analysis of data and trends,” The British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, June 18, 2018.

“Future Rights for Future Citizens:  Children’s Property Rights in Fragile Environments,” research seminar given at the World Bank, Land and Conflict KSB, January 11, 2018. 

“Women’s Rights to Land and Property: the interaction of law and custom ,”  World Bank, Law, Justice and Development Week 2017,  November 7, 2017, Washington DC.

"Return: Post-conflict Migration & Property Restitution in Africa,” School of International Studies, American University, September 22, 2017.

“Economic Linkages and Natural Resources: Insights from Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Kyrgyzstan,” with Rachel Vanderhill and Roza Tulepbayeva, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Aug 2017.

“Future Rights for Future Citizens: Children’s Property Rights in Complex Emergencies,” World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, Washington, DC, March 23, 2017.

“Intergenerational Land Conflict in Northern Uganda:  children, customary law and return migration,” African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, Dec 3, 2016.

“The World Humanitarian Summit,” Bread for the World Hunger Report Consultation, Washington, DC June 17, 2016.

 “Returning Home:  Customary Law and Intergenerational Land Conflict in Northern Uganda,” World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, March 16, 2016.

“Ethnic Cleansing and Its Aftermath,” Wofford College, October 14, 2015.

“Ethnic Violence, Local Security and Return Migration: Enclave communities in Kosovo,” Conflict Research Society Annual Meeting, Kent, UK, September 14-15, 2015.

“A Long Time Gone: Post-conflict Return and Rural Property Restitution under Customary Law,” World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, Washington DC, March 2015.

”Protecting Future Rights for Future Citizens: Children’s Property Rights in Difficult Settings,” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Feb 2015.

”Mapping Violence and Return of Displaced People in Kosovo,” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Feb 2015.

Moderated the launch of the 2015 Hunger Report, for Bread for the World Institute,  Nov. 24, 2014, National Press Club, Washington D.C.

“Post-conflict Property Restitution under Customary Law,” Paper presented at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, May 29-June 1, 2014, Minneapolis, MN.

“The Protection of Children’s Property Rights,” Presented at the 10th Joint Area Centers Symposium, Children and Globalization: Issues, Policies and Initiatives, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 10-12, 2014.

"Building the Rule of Law in New States: Kosovo and the Shadow of the European Union", The Pruis Rule of Law Lecture at Calvin College, November 4, 2013.

“Law as Performance: Women’s Property Rights in Kosovo,” Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL August 29, 2013.

“Securing Property Rights for Women (and Men) in Kosovo,” World Bank Land and Poverty Conference April 10, 2013. 

“Property Rights Issues in Kosovo,” US Embassy Economic Working Group, Pristina, Kosovo, February 26, 2013. 

“Property Rights; The Gap Between Law and Enforcement in Kosovo,” American University in Kosovo, Democratization and Rule of Law Speaker Series, February 15, 2013, Pristina, Kosovo.

American Political Science Association
International Studies Association
African Studies Association
African Politics Conference Group
Selected Publications

Joireman, Sandra F., Where There is No Government: Enforcing Property Rights in Common Law Africa, (New York: Oxford University Press), 2011.

Joireman, Sandra F. (ed.), Church, State and Citizen, (New York: Oxford University Press), 2009.

Joireman, Sandra F., Nationalism and Political Identity, (London and New York: Continuum Press), 2003.

Joireman, Sandra Fullerton, Property Rights and Political Development in Ethiopia and Eritrea: the State and Land, 1941-1974, (Oxford: James Currey/ Athens: Ohio University Press), 2000.


Laura Meitzner Yoder and Sandra F. Joireman, "Possession and precedence: Juxtaposing customary and legal events to establish land authority," Land, 2019, 8(8), 126.

Joireman, Sandra F., “Protecting future rights for future citizens: children’s property rights in fragile environments,” Oxford Development Studies. Forthcoming in 2018.

Joireman, Sandra F., “Intergenerational Land Conflict in Northern Uganda: children, customary law and return migration”, Africa, 88 (1) 2018: 81–98.

Joireman, Sandra F., “Ethnic Violence, Local Security and Return Migration: Enclave communities in Kosovo,” International Migration, 55(5), October 2017, 122-135.

Joireman, Sandra F., and Laura S. Meitzner Yoder. "A Long Time Gone: Post-conflict Rural Property Restitution under Customary Law."Development and Change 47, no. 3 (2016): 563-585. doi:10.1111/dech.12236

Joireman, Sandra F. "External Conditionalities and Institutional Change: Constructing Constituencies for the Rule of Law in Kosovo." East European Politics & Societies, 2015, 1-29. doi:10.1177/0888325415593631.

Joireman, Sandra F., “Aiming for Certainty: The Kanun, Blood Feuds and the Ascertainment of Customary Law,“ The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 46(2), 2014, pp. 235-248.

Joireman, Sandra F.,”Rebuilding Communities after Violent Conflict: Informal Justice Systems and Resource Access,” Harvard Human Rights Journal, October 2014.

Joireman, Sandra F., and Jason Brown. "Property: Human Right or Commodity?" Journal of Human Rights 12, no. 2 (2013): 165-179. doi:10.1080/14754835.2013.784662.

Joireman, Sandra F., Adam Sawyer and Juliana Wilhoit, “A Different Way Home: Resettlement Patterns in Northern Uganda,” Political Geography, 31(4), 2012, 197-204.

Joireman, Sandra F., “An Abundance of Violence and a Poverty of Words,” Ethnopolitics, Volume 9 Issue 2, 2010, 275-279.

Joireman, Sandra F., “Food Insecurity in the United States,” Mother Earth Sister Peace, Winter 2010, p.6.

Joireman, Sandra F., “Killing Neighbors: Webs of Violence in Rwanda,” Lee Ann Fujii, Nations and Nationalism, 16(1), 2010, 198-200.


Joireman, Sandra F., “Resigning their Rights? Impediments to Women's Property Ownership in Kosovo,” Global Trends in Land Tenure Reforms: Gender Impacts, Caroline Archambault and Annelies Zoomers eds., Routledge, 2015.

Joireman, Sandra F. “Entrapment or Freedom: enforcing customary property rights regimes in common law Africa,” Jeanmarie Fenrich, Paolo Galizzi and Tracy Higgins, eds., The Future of African Customary Law, (New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2011).


Joireman, Sandra F., “The Property Rights of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Beyond Restitution,” By Anneke Smit, Journal of Refugee Studies, 2013, 26: 597-599.

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles 1995
Political Science
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles 1992
Political Science
A.B., Washington University in St. Louis 1989
Anthropology and Political Science
Contact Information
343 Carole Weinstein International Center
Areas of Expertise
Comparative Politics
International Development
Property Rights
Customary Law
Legal Development
Post-conflict Migration