Dr. Muhajir was a Minerva Fellow for African Studies from June 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Dr. Muhajir earned his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kansas in May 2011, specializing in human geography and urban planning fields. From 1994 to 2001, he worked as the Director of Surveys and Urban Planning Department in Zanzibar, Tanzania and as a Director of World Heritage City of Zanzibar’s Urban Conservation Program in 2001 to 2005. He has also been involved in urban development programs in Tanzania and for some Western Australian cities as an intern following the completion of his MA degree from Curtin University in 1993. His undergraduate diploma was achieved in 1985 from Ardhi University in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania which gave him a familiarity with urban planning, environmental management, and cartography (now GIS), where urban design, spatial analysis, and aerial photo interpretation were his central areas of study as they have continued to be so throughout his professional and academic career. He has also studied at University of Dortmund, Germany, the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, and Galilee College in Israel on spatial planning and environmental management fields.
He has also worked as a host and research collaborator with a number of scholars during his professional career in Zanzibar. Most recently, he has collaborated with Prof. Garth Myers of the Trinity College, Connecticut, in a book chapter The Afterlife of the Lanchester Plan: Zanzibar as the Garden City of Tomorrow,” in Liora Bigon, editor, Diffusion of Urban Ideas: Garden Cities and Colonial Planning Cultures in Africa and Palestine (Forthcoming, 2012), and in a 1997 publication (in the Third World Planning Review) and on a National Geographic Society Committee on Research and Exploration which was a grant-funded research project as an in-country collaborator, and on a research on the localization of Agenda 21 in Zanzibar. Between 2006 and 2008, he served as the Research Assistant for the National Science Foundation funded research on land reform in Zanzibar as part of his doctoral research. And from 2007 to 2011, he was the student representative to the Kansas African Studies Center's Executive Council until the completion of his PhD program in May 2011.