The Department of History is pleased to welcome its newest faculty member and Queen's National Scholar, Dr. Awet Weldemichael.
Born in Eritrea, Dr. Weldemichael and his family were displaced by the Ethiopian Eritrean War and forced to live for a time in Sudanese refugee camps before returning to Eritrea where Dr. Weldemichael completed his high school studies. After obtaining a BA in History after studying at Addis Ababa and Asmara Universities, he entered the MA program at the University of California—Los Angeles where he subsequently received his PhD in 2008 while working under the supervision of Dr. Edward Alpers.
Dr. Weldemichael's work on third world colonialism and liberation movements, Somalian piracy, and global terrorism has attracted great interest, and he has held fellowships to develop his work at the University of Bologna and University of Paris 7 Diderot as well as a guest professorship at the University of Hamburg. In addition to publishing several articles on Indian Ocean piracy and a book on comparative colonialisms in Eritrea and East Timor, Dr. Weldemichael has also served as a consultant for NGOs, as an election officer in Sudan, and as a consultant for the World Bank.
He brings to the Department a research profile that will expand and build upon work we currently undertake as well as teaching expertise in World, African, Postcolonial, and Terrorism histories. His academic accomplishments, personal energy, and collegial professionalism will add greatly to the Department and we are both fortunate and grateful to see him join our faculty.