Abdul Hafiz, Torch Class 5 (International Affairs and Political Science) and Professor William Miles (Political Science) are studying the Hausa diaspora across Western Africa, including West African culture and politics. Abdul will compile and analyze quantitative and qualitative data as it pertains to security, migration, and human rights, as well as the emerging field of borderland studies. As a fluent Hausa speaker, Abdul will translate, transcribe, and annotate interviews that Professor Miles conducted in Western Africa last summer. Abdul and Professor Miles hope to have their research cited in a paper and to collaborate on a grant for external funding.