My Books

WalattaPetrosCover 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.

Awarded the African Studies Association Paul Hair Award for the Best Critical Edition or Translation of Primary Source Materials on Africa in 2015-2017

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


Abyssinia's Samuel JohnsonAbyssinia’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.


WritingWorkbookEnglishCoverWriting 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.


BlackQueenShebaCoverThe Black Queen of Sheba: A 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)

The Glory of the Monarchs Sheba and Solomon: A Translation of the Medieval Ethiopian Text of the Kebra Nagast, with Michael Kleiner (in progress)


HoneyLionCoverHoney 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.