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The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros: A Seventeenth-Century African Biography of an Ethiopian Woman

Princeton University Press, 2015, translation with Michael Kleiner

The first English translation of the earliest-known book-length biography of an African woman.

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women award for the best Scholarly Edition in Translation of 2015.


Abyssinia's Samuel Johnson: Ethiopian Thought in the Making of an English Author

Oxford University Press, 2012

Highlights the lasting influence of an African people on the famous eighteenth-century English author Samuel Johnson.


Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success

SAGE publications, 2009

The best-selling workbook on transforming classroom essays, conference papers, and dissertation chapters in the humaniites and social science into publishable articles.


The Black Queen of Sheba: The Global History of an African Idea

(in progress)

Addresses seven centuries of the circulation and influence of a medieval Ethiopian legend about the Queen of Sheba on European and American arts and literature.


Selected Latin Letters of the Jesuits in Ethiopia (1609-1641), translation with Jessica Wright, Leon Grek, and Leonardo Cohen (in progress) 

Early African Literature: An Anthology of Written Texts from 3000 BCE to 1900 CE (in progress)

Kəbrä Nägäśt (The Glory of the Kings), translation of the medieval text of the Kebra Nagast with Michael Kleiner (in progress)


Honey from the Lion: An African Journey

E. P. Dutton, 1988

A memoir about returning for a year at the age of 20 in 1982 to the West African country of Ghana where I spent part of my childhood.