Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African-American Studies

First Advisor

Lia T. Bascomb

Second Advisor

Lisa Renee Shannon

Third Advisor

Jennie Burnet


Many studies on East African immigrants focus only on immigrants from the Horn of Africa and/or primarily take place in the Midwestern United States, specifically Minnesota’s Twin Cities area of the United States, as a comparison. In contrast, this study aims to explore the experiences of immigrants from diverse areas in the East African region and is set in the major Southern immigration hub of Clarkston, Georgia. This exploratory case study examines the experiences of East African migrants exploring the following research questions: (1) What are the experiences with United States immigration and citizenship processes that East African migrants hold? (2) How does the intersection of race, class, nationality, and citizenship status affect and influence East African immigrants’ migrant and lived experiences in the United States?


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