Ethiopian/Eritrean Humanities Studies Scholars

The following is a list of some of the scholars who work on Ethiopian/Eritrean history, religion, music, art, or literature (that is, have done work in the humanities). This information is posted to aid those looking for scholars to teach, visit, submit work to their edited volumes or journals, or present work at conferences or universities. Most of these scholars’ emails can be found through a simple online search, but if you absolutely can’t find it, you may email me to ask for it, using the email on this website. Scholars are listed in no particular order.

Prof. Getatchew Haile

Disciplines: Literature, Religion
Broad research areas: Ethiopian literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian history: pre-1200, Ethiopian history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian history: 1600-1800
Languages: Amharic (native fluency), English (native fluency), Ethiopic/Ge`ez
Period: Ancient (to 1000), Middle Ages (1000-1500), Early Modern (1500-1800)
Position: Emeritus university professor at Saint John’s College
Country: From Ethiopia, lives in US
Getatchew Haile is an Ethiopian-American philologist widely considered the foremost scholar of the Ge’ez language alive today. He was acknowledged for his contributions to the field with a MacArthur Fellows Program “genius” award and the Edward Ullendorff Medal from the Council of the British Academy. He is Regents Professor Emeritus of Medieval Studies at Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and Curator Emeritus of the Ethiopian Study Center at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, where he began work in 1976. At HMML, he prepared catalogues of more than five thousand Ethiopian manuscripts and trained Ethiopic manuscript cataloguers in paleography, dating, and other skills. Previously he was associate professor in the Department of Ethiopian Languages and Literature, Haile Sellasie I University (now Addis Ababa University), from 1962 to 1969, and 1971 to 1974, where he taught Amharic Grammar, Amharic Literature, Ge’ez Grammar, Ge’ez Literature, Arabic Grammar, and Semitic Linguistics. He is on the advisory board of a number of journals, including Comité de lecture of Analecta Bollandiana (Journal of Christian Hagiography), Ethiopian Journal of Education, Journal of Ethiopian Studies, Northeast African Studies, Ethiopian Register (1994-2001), and Acta Aethiopica (1980–89).

Prof. Alessandro Bausi

Disciplines: Literature, Philology, Linguistics
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Amharic, Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Tigrinya, Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian/Eritrean religion and theology, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: pre-1200, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian/Eritrean linguistics, Ethiopian/Eritrean manuscript studies
Specific research areas: Ethiopian (Geez) literature; Manuscript studies; Ancient Ethiopia in the late-antique context; Philology; Text-criticism; Linguistics
Periods: Ancient (1000 BCE to 1000 CE), Middle Ages (1000-1500 CE)
Languages: English (good), Amharic (good), French (good), German (good), Italian (native fluency), Tigrinya (good), Ethiopic/Ge`ez, Semitic Languages and Coptic
Position: University professor at the University of Hamburg
Country: From Italy, lives in Germany
Alessandro Bausi (PhD 1992 Naples Oriental Institute) is a philologist working on Ethiopic texts and manuscripts. Formerly Assistant (1995) and Associate Professor (2002) of Ethiopic Language and Literature, he is Professor for Ethiopian Studies at the Asien-Afrika-Institut and director of the Hiob Ludolf Centre at Universität Hamburg. He is the editor of the journal Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies and of the series Aethiopistische Forschungen. Editor of the Encyclopaedia Aethiopica (2010-2014) and Chair of the Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies networking programme (funded by the European Science Foundation 2009-2014), he is at present heading the European Research Council Advanced Grant Project TraCES: From Translation to Creation: Changes in Ethiopic Style and Lexicon from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages (2014-2019) and the long-term project of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg Beta Maṣāḥǝft: Die Schriftkultur des christlichen Äthiopiens und Eritreas: Eine multimediale Forschungsumgebung (2016-2040). He is a member of the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures at Universität Hamburg and consultant for Ethiopic and Ethiopian studies for several series and journals. He has extensively published on Ethiopian and manuscript studies. See details here: https://uni-hamburg.academia.edu/AlessandroBausi

Prof. Dagmawi Woubshet

Disciplines: Literature
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Amharic, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: twentieth century, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: twenty-first century, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: film, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: music
Specific research areas: Secular Ethiopian music; 20th cent Amharic literature; modern and contemporary Ethiopian visual art; and sexuality studies in Ethiopia
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (native fluency)
Period: Twentieth-Century (1900-2000 CE), Twenty-first Century (2000-present CE)
Position: University professor at the University of Pennsylvania
Country: From Ethiopia, lives in US
A scholar of literature and visual art, Dagmawi Woubshet works at the intersections of African American, LGBTQ, and African studies. These overlapping areas of inquiry inform his scholarship and research, including his book The Calendar of Loss: Race, Sexuality, and Mourning in the Early Era of AIDS (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), and the co-edited volume Ethiopia: Literature, Art, and Culture, a special issue of Callaloo (2010). His writings have appeared in various publications including Transition, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Aperture, The Atlantic, and African Lives: An Anthology. He is currently completing his second book, Here Be Saints: James Baldwin’s Late-Style, and the first English translation of Sebhat Gebre Egziabher’s 1966 Amharic novel, ሰባተኛው መላክ Säbatägnaw Mälak [The Seventh Angel]. Woubshet is an associate editor of Callaloo and has served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has been a fellow at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University, and, as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Modern Art Museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he curated Julie Mehretu: The Addis Show (2016). Before joining the University of Pennsylvania in 2017, Woubshet taught at Cornell University where he was named one of “The 10 Best Professors at Cornell.” He received his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University and his B.A. in Political Science and History from Duke University. 

Prof. Hagos Abrha

Disciplines: Philology, Literature and folklore, Linguistics
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Amharic, Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Tigrinya, Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian/Eritrean religion and theology
Period: Ancient (to 1000), Middle Ages (1000-1500)
Specific research areas: Ge’ez Hagiography
Languages: English (good), Amharic (native fluency), Tigrinya (native fluency), Ethiopic/Ge`ez
Position: University professor at Mekelle University
Country: From Ethiopia, lives in Ethiopia
Born in Tigray/Ethiopia in 1985, and he completed his BA degree in English as Foreign Language and Literature in Jimma University, his MA in Geez Philology from Addis Ababa University, and his PhD in Geez Philology. His dissertation was A Critical Edition of Gadla Yematta (with translation), Using Neo-Lachmmanian Cladistic Method and A Textual Analysis. It is interdisciplinary in philogy, history, biology, mathematics and linguistics. He is teaching Ge’ez, Communicative English, English Basic Writing Skills, English Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology and Syntax, Tigrigna, and other courses at Mekelle University since 2010. He established the St. Yared Center for Ethiopian Philology and Manuscript Studies at Mekelle University and is now coordinating it. He urged Hamburg University to begin the “Summer School for Ethiopian and Eritrean Manuscript Studies,” some of which his center will host in Mekelle. He has digitized many manuscripts from Gonder and Tigray.

Dr. Taye Assefa

Disciplines: Literature
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Amharic, Ethiopian/Eritrean literature in European languages
Specific research areas: Modern literature in Amharic, English and French, with emphasis on the novel.
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (native fluency), French (good), Oromo (good)
Period: Twentieth-Century (1900-2000 CE), Twenty-first Century (2000-present CE)
Position: Lecturer at Addis Ababa University
Country: From Ethiopia, lives in Ethiopia
Taye Assefa is a literary scholar who has written extensively on Amharic literature [and is widely acknowledged as the foremost authority on Amharic literature]. He has been Associate Professor at Addis Ababa University as a regular staff member until 1991 and from 2011 to 2017, teaching graduate courses on a part-time basis. He has also worked as a member of the senior management at the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa-OSSREA (based in Addis Ababa) and Association of African Universities (based in Dakar). He is now the Deputy Executive Director of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Solomon Gebreyes

Disciplines: History, Philology
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1600-1800, Ethiopian/Eritrean manuscript studies Specific research areas: Royal historiography of Ethiopia (Ge`ez chronicles)
Periods: Early Modern (1500-1800 CE)
Languages: English (good), Amharic (native fluency), German (good), Oromo (good), Ethiopic/Ge`ez
Position: Research Fellow at the University of Hamburg
Country: From Ethiopia, lives in Germany
Solomon Gebreyes specializes in Gǝʿǝz Philology as well as medieval and modern Ethiopian history. He holds a BA and MA degree in History from Addis Ababa University and a PhD degree from the University of Hamburg in Ethiopian Studies. He was a lecturer in History and Civic and Ethical education for several years at colleges and universities in Ethiopia. He completed his doctoral thesis entitled “The Chronicle of King Gälawdewos (1540–1559): A Critical Edition with Annotated Translation,” which was published in 2018 in the Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium series (I–II, Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium, 667, 668, Scriptores Aethiopici 116, 117; Lovanii: Peeters). He is currently a Research Fellow at the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies at the University of Hamburg, working for the project Beta maṣāḥǝft (“Die Schriftkultur des christlichen Äthiopiens und Eritreas: Eine multimediale Forschungsumgebung”).

Prof. Loren Stuckenbruck

Disciplines: Literature, Religion
Broad research areas: Ethiopian literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian history: pre-1200, Ethiopian history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian history: 1600-1800
Periods: Ancient (to 1000), Middle Ages (1000-1500), Early Modern (1500-1800)
Languages: English (native fluency), French (good), German (native fluency), Ethiopic/Ge`ez, Ivrit
Position: University professor at University of Munich, Germany
Country: From US and Germany, lives in Germany
Loren Stuckenbruck is a historian of early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism and is professor of New Testament at the University of Munich. He has published many books and over 140 articles, with a focus on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Enoch literature, other Jewish sapiential and apocalyptic writings, and the literature of the New Testament. His writing focuses on evil in the New Testament (the Gospels, Paul, and the Book of Revelation), the Aramaic documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a commentary on the Enochic Book of Watchers (Anchor Bible, Yale University Press), canon in the context of Judaism and a broad range of Christian traditions, and on text-critical work on the early Enoch literature preserved primarily in Aramaic, Greek and Ethiopic (Ge’ez). Stuckenbruck has sat on numerous editorial boards for international academic journals, including Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Henoch, Zeitschrift für die Althebraistik, Dead Sea Discoveries, and Journal for the Study of Judaism. He did a BA in biblical studies and Greek at Milligan College in Tennessee (B.A.); M. Div. and Ph.D. at Princeton Theological Seminary. He taught at Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, was B. F. Westcott Chair in Biblical Studies at Durham University UK, xame to LMU in 2012 after being Richard Dearborn Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Prof. Hamza Zafer

Disciplines:Literature, History, Philology
Broad research areas: Ethiopian literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian art: ancient (pre-1200), Ethiopian philosophy, Ethiopian religion and theology, Ethiopian history: pre-1200
Specific research areas: Ethiopic Influences on the Quran and Early Islam
Period: Ancient (to 1000), Middle Ages (1000-1500)
Languages: English (native fluency), French (native fluency), Ethiopic/Ge`ez, Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Position: University professor at the University of Washington
Country: From Pakistan, lives in US
Hamza Zafer is an Assistant Professor of early Islam and Classical Arabic in the Deparment of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Comparative Religion, and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. His research focuses on the Quran’s polemical engagements with Jewish communities in Arabia, and the portrayal of these communities in the earliest Muslim historical and exegetical writings up to the 9th century. His doctoral dissertation examines the emergence and expression of a religio-communal ideology among early Muslims, as it co-opts, appropriates and subverts the legacy of the biblical “Children of Israel”.

Prof. Claire Bosc-Tiessé

Disciplines: History, Art
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean art: medieval (1200-1500), Ethiopian/Eritrean art: early modern (1500-1900), Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1600-1800, Ethiopian/Eritrean manuscript studies
Specific research areas: Rock-hewn churches, Lalibela, Icons, Materials of Paintings, Writing of history
Languages: English (good), French (native fluency), Ethiopic/Ge`ez
Position: University professor at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Period: Early Modern (1500-1800 CE)
Position: University lecturer
Country: From France, lives in France

Prof. Samantha Kelly

Disciplines:History
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1600-1800
Specific research areas: Ethiopia-Europe relations
Languages: English (native fluency), French (good), Italian (good), Ethiopic/Ge`ez
Period: Middle Ages (1000-1500), Early Modern (1500-1800)
Position: University professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Country: From US, lives in US

Prof. Giorgio Banti

Disciplines: Literature, Linguistics
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Oromo, Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in other African languages, Ethiopian/Eritrean linguistics Literature/folklore in Somali; Literature/folklore in Harari; Literature/folklore in Saho
Specific research areas: Cushitic languages and literatures (especially Somali, Saho and Oromo); Cushitic historical linguistics; Old Harari language and literature; Nara language and literature; Northern East Sudanic historical linguistics; Old Indic and Ancient Greek syntax; linguistic typology; information structure and related phenomena; Ajami writing in the Horn of Africa; anthropological linguistics, theory of oral literatures and comparative poetry; lexicography and language development.
Period: Pre-history (pre-1000 BCE), Ancient (1000 BCE to 1000 CE), Middle Ages (1000-1500 CE), Early Modern (1500-1800 CE), Nineteenth Century (1800-1900 CE), Twentieth-Century (1900-2000 CE), Twenty-first Century (2000-present CE)
Languages: English (good), French (good), German (good), Italian (native fluency), Somali Position: University professor at University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Department of Asia Africa and the Mediterranean
Country: From Italy, lives in Italy
Giorgio Banti has been full professor at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” since 1997. He teaches General and Historical Linguistics there and, since 2009, also Somali Language and Literature. Since November 2014, he also is Vice-Rector of that University. He has also taught in several other Universities outside his country, such as those of Hamburg, Bayreuth, Zurich, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, and the former National University of Somalia in Mogadishu. He has been several times to the Somali-speaking countries of the Horn of Africa, and to Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Northern Sudan for fieldwork in linguistics, oral literatures, and Ajami manuscripts and publications since 1979. His degrees are from University of Roma “La Sapienza”. For more information, see his web page.

Prof. Jon Abbink

Disciplines:History, Anthropology
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean ethnography/anthropology, Ethiopian/Eritrean legal studies, Ethiopian/Eritrean environmental studies (ethno-ecology), Ethiopian/Eritrean /folklore, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: early modern (1500-1900), Ethiopian/Eritrean art: twentieth century, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: twenty-first century, Ethiopian/Eritrean religion and theology, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1600-1800, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1800-1900, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1900-1950, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1951-1974, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1974-1992, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1993 to present
Languages: English (good), Amharic (good), French (good), German (good), Italian (good), Hebrew (good), Dutch (native fluency)
Period: Nineteenth Century (1800-1900 CE), Twentieth-Century (1900-2000 CE), Twenty-first Century (2000-present CE)
Position: University professor at Leiden University
Country: From The Netherlands, lives in The Netherlands

Prof. Aaron Butts

Disciplines: Literature, History, Philology, Religion
Broad research areas: Ethiopian literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian religion and theology, Ethiopian history: pre-1200, Ethiopian history: 1200-1500
Specific research areas: Ge’ez language and literature, history of Ethiopian Christianity, history of Axum
Languages: English (native fluency), Ethiopic/Ge`ez, Syriac, Arabic, Old South Arabian, Greek, etc.
Period: Ancient (to 1000), Middle Ages (1000-1500)
Position: University professor at Catholic University
Country: From US, lives in US
Aaron Michael Butts (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2013) joined the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures at The Catholic University of America in the fall of 2014 as an assistant professor after having served as Lector (2010-2013) and then Senior Lector (2013-2014) at Yale University. His research is focused on the languages, literatures, and history of Christianity in the Near East, especially Arabic, Ethiopic, and Syriac. At CUA, he serves on the Executive Committee for both the Center for the Study of Early Christianity and the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies. Dr. Butts serves on the editorial board of Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies, and he is associate editor, as well as a member of the editorial board, for Aramaic Studies. Within Ethiopic studies, he is currently working on a number of projects, including a new teaching grammar of Ethiopic, entitled Ethiopic in 20 Lessons, to be published, along with his Ethiopic Paradigms, with Peeters Press; catalogues of the Ethiopic collections at Duke University (together with Lucas Van Rompay) and at The Catholic University of America (together with a team of scholars); a monograph-length study of the ‘conversions’ of Ethiopia; several inter-related studies of the Ethiopic reception of the famous Syriac poet Jacob of Serugh (together with Ted Erho); and editions of a number of Ethiopic texts, including especially exegetical texts. To see his publications, go to his Academia page.

Prof.  Wolbert G. C. Smidt

Disciplines: Ethnohistory, Cultural history, Social Anthropology
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500; Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1600-1800; Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1800-1900; Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1900-1950; Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1951-1974; Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1974-1992; Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1993 to present; Ethiopian/Eritrean ethnohistory or historical anthropology; Ethiopian/Eritrean epistolography; Ethiopian/Eritrean epigraphy
Specific research areas: Oral tradition studies, Ethiopian writing / epistolography (Amharic, Tigrinya, Oromo), Nineteenth-century Precolonial history of Northeastern Africa, modern history of Northeastern Africa, History and Culture of Territoriality, Oral tradition studies, Visual anthropology
Languages: Tigrinya (good), English (good), French (good), German (native fluency), Amharic and other European languages (different levels)
Period: Ancient (to 1000), Middle Ages (1000-1500), Early Modern (1500-1800), Modern (1800-now)
Position: Associate Professor in Ethnohistory in the PhD Programme “History and Cultural Studies” at Mekelle University; Researcher at Jena University / Germany
Country: From Germany, lives in Ethiopia
Wolbert Smidt is an ethnohistorian working on a wide range of historical and cultural research projects in Northeastern Africa, with focus on the historical region of Tigray and pre-modern systems of rule and socio-political self-organisation of societies. He worked in private and state archives in a dozen countries in Europe and Africa and did anthropological field research in different regions of Northeastern Africa, especially Tigray, Afar and Bilen. He was awarded a series of guest professorships and scholarships in Paris (EHESS), Berlin (ZMO), Gotha (FZG), Rome (Sapienza), Jerusalem (Hebrew University), Osaka (Minpaku), Pavia (CICOPS), and was elected and appointed member of distinct academic societies and institutes, such as the German Archaeological Institute (corresponding member), Société des africanistes, Paris, Centre français des études éthiopiennes, Addis Abeba (cfee) and the Research Centre Gotha (FZG), and currently (2016-19) is the director of the historical-anthropological research project on historical cartography “Ethiomap”. Since 2017 he is an oral tradition researcher for Jena University (Yeha Project), documenting ancient oral traditions in Tigray and is teaching and advising PhD students within the PhD Programme “History and Cultural Studies” at Mekelle University, Ethiopia. He was an Assistant Editor of the Encyclopaedia Aethiopica at Hamburg University, Hiob Ludolf Centre of Ethiopian Studies (1999-2010), co-organizer of several International Conferences of Ethiopian Studies (Hamburg 2003, Dire Dawa 2012, Warsaw 2015, Mekelle 2018) and has authored about 200 peer-reviewed encyclopedia articles, several monographs and numerous articles in academic reviews and books. He is on the advisory board of a number of journals, including Annales d’Ethiopie, Ityopis, POUNT, and of several academic book series.

Prof. William Gerard Zimmerle

Disciplines: History, Art, Religion, Anthropology
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean art: ancient (pre-1200), Ethiopian/Eritrean art: medieval (1200-1500), Ethiopian/Eritrean history: pre-1200, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian/Eritrean historical archaeology, Ethiopian/Eritrean cultural anthropology
Specific research areas: Rock Art; Ethnoarchaeology: Handicraft Production in Ethiopia
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (good), German (good), Ethiopic/Ge`ez
Period: Ancient (1000 BCE to 1000 CE), Middle Ages (1000-1500 CE)
Position: University professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Country: From US, lives in US
William Zimmerle completed his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014, where he specialized in Archaeology and ancient Semitic languages. At Penn, he conducted extensive research on the Arabian incense trade from its earliest beginnings through the early Islamic period in the Near East Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In addition to his doctoral degree, he earned a Masters degree in Comparative Religions and Semitic languages from Harvard University. He holds a number of graduate certificates including an advanced certificate in African Studies (Ethiopic Languages and Literature: Amharic) from Penn’s Center for African Studies where he was a US State Department FLAS fellow, and a post-graduate certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Edinburgh School of Law in the United Kingdom. In 2018 he is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities in the School of Humanities at Fairleigh Dickinson University in northern NJ with a research appointment in Heritage Tourism in the School of Hospitality and Tourism. His academic research interests include Pre-Islamic and Islamic material culture of the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa including both Ethiopia and Somaliland; incense burners, organic residue analysis, and the question of the frankincense trade both overland and via maritime trade; intellectual property and cultural heritage law in the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa; museum studies; archaeological tourism and sustainable development; epigraphic South Arabian languages; the anthropology of scent and ritual studies; and all aspects of Digital Humanities including data visualization, GIS and Remote Sensing, and 3D imaging of material culture for heritage preservation. His current research projects involve both prehistoric rock art and modern-day frankincense cultivation and handicraft production in multiple countries including the Sultanate of Oman, Ethiopia, and Somaliland. He is also the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Sylvan C. and Pamela Coleman Curatorial Research Fellow in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan; the Samuel H. Kress Fellow in the History of Art at the American Center of Oriental Research-Amman, Jordan; the Terrace Research Associate in Egyptian Art in the Department of Art of the Ancient World at the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston; Visiting Scholar in Ethiopic studies at Princeton Theological Seminary-Princeton; the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Research Fellow in Washington, DC-Muscat; the American Institute of Yemeni Studies Research Fellow; the American Institute of Archaeology/Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Exchange Fellow in the Oriental Department-Berlin; and the United States Fulbright Commission Post-Doctoral Fellow in Dhofar, the Sultanate of Oman.

Prof. Peri Klemm

Disciplines: History, Art History
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Oromo, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: early modern (1500-1900), Ethiopian/Eritrean art: twentieth century, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: twenty-first century, Ethiopian/Eritrean philosophy, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1800-1900, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1900-1950, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1951-1974, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1974-1992, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1993 to present
Languages: English (native fluency)
Period: Nineteenth Century (1800-1900), Twentieth-Century (1900-2000), Twenty-first Century (2000-present)
Position: University professor at California State University Northridge
Country: From US, lives in US
Peri M. Klemm of California State University Northridge, is a professor of African, Oceanic, and Native American art history. Her courses address the cultural context of non-Western arts and the receptions and display of non-Western art in the West. Her research focus on identity, dress, and the body in Oromia. She was recently elected to serve as the President of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association in 2019. In 2015 she received a fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create African art history content for Smarthistory at Khan Academy. She spent Summer 2015 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, the Smithsonian, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology recording audio conversations around 70 works of art. The completed videos will be free and available in several languages to learners around the world. Peri is currently an editor for African Arts at Khan Academy and the journal African Arts.

Dr. Andrew DeCort

Disciplines: Religion, Philosophy
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature in European languages, Ethiopian/Eritrean philosophy, Ethiopian/Eritrean religion and theology, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: pre-1200, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1993 to present
Specific research areas: Ethiopian political theology, e.g., the ancient Axumite inscriptions, royal Chronicles, Kebra Negast, Fetha Negast, up through contemporary Christian engagement or abandonment of politics.
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (good), French (good), German (good)
Period: Twentieth-Century (1900-2000)
Position: Lecturer at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology
Country: From US, lives in Ethiopia
Andrew DeCort is president of the Institute for Christianity and the Common Good (www.iccgood.org) and lecturer in Ethics and Public Theology at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology. Andrew is the author of Bonhoeffer’s New Beginning: Ethics After Devastation and holds a PhD in Theological Ethics from the University of Chicago. His research in Ethiopian studies focuses on religion and politics.

Dr. Verena Böll

Disciplines: Literature, History, Religion
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Amharic, Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian/Eritrean literature in European languages, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: film, Ethiopian/Eritrean religion and theology, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1600-1800, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1993 to present, Ethiopian/Eritrean cultural anthropology, Ethiopian/Eritrean international/world relations
Specific research areas: Ethiopian-Orthodox Täwahedo Church, Liturgy, Gender, Mariology, Christian Orient
Languages: English (good), Amharic (good), French (good), German (native fluency), Ethiopic/Ge`ez, Portuguese
Period: Early Modern (1500-1800 CE), Twentieth-Century (1900-2000 CE), Twenty-first Century (2000-present CE)
Position: Scholar at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Country: From Germany,lives in Germany

Prof. Marina de Regt

Disciplines: Anthropology
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean cultural anthropology
Specific research areas: gender and migration
Languages: English (good), Arabic, Dutch
Periods: Twentieth-Century (1900-2000 CE), Twenty-first Century (2000-present CE)
Position: University professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Country: From the Netherlands, lives in the Netherlands
Marina de Regt is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of VU University Amsterdam. In 2003 she obtained her PhD at the University of Amsterdam for her dissertation on health workers in Yemen. Her main research interests are gender, labour and migration in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. She is particularly interested in transnational relations between Yemen and Ethiopia. Marina’s post-doctoral research on domestic workers in Yemen focused on Ethiopian and Somali domestic workers. In 2007 she co-produced a documentary based on her post-doctoral work entitled: Young and Invisible: African Domestic Workers in Yemen (Arda Nederveen Visual Productions). From 2014-2016 Marina did research about adolescent girls’ migration in Ethiopia as part of the project “Time to Look at Girls”, funded by the Swiss Network for Development Studies (SNIS).

Prof. Matteo Salvadore

Disciplines: History
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1600-1800, Ethiopian/Eritrean international/world relations
Specific research areas: Early modern Ethiopian diaspora; early modern Ethiopian-European relations
Languages: English (native fluency), French (good), Italian (native fluency)
Period: Middle Ages (1000-1500 CE), Early Modern (1500-1800 CE)
Position: University professor at American University of Sharjah
Country: From Italy, lives in United Arab Emirates
Matteo Salvadore is a broadly trained Africanist and world historian, with a research interest in the Horn of Africa and its diaspora. He published his first book, The African Prester John and the Birth of Ethiopian-European Relations, 1402-1555 in Routledge’s Transculturalisms series. Over the years he contributed articles to the Journal of World History, Northeast African Studies, and the Journal of African History, as well as several entries to Encyclopaedia Aethiopica, the Oxford Dictionary of African Biography and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History. Before joining AUS, Dr. Salvadore taught in colleges in the US and Kuwait.

Dr. Sara Marzagora

Disciplines:Literature, History
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Amharic, Ethiopian/Eritrean literature in European languages, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1900-1950, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1951-1974
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (good), French (good), Italian (native fluency)
Specific research areas: Ethiopian political thought; Ethiopian intellectual history
Period: Twentieth-Century (1900-2000 CE)
Position: Postdoc at SOAS University of London
Country: From Italy, lives in UK
Dr Sara Marzagora is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at SOAS University of London. She is the research leader of the Horn of Africa strand of the project Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies (MULOSIGE), which explores world literature and intellectual history from the perspective of multilingual societies. Her PhD thesis analysed the political thought of Amharic-speaking intellectuals in Ethiopia from the end of the 19th century to the late 1960s. She has published on Ethiopian intellectual history and political thought, Amharic literature and Ethiopian historiography.

Prof. Isabelle A. Zaugg

Disciplines: Philology
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean art: twenty-first century, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: film, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1974-1992, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1993 to present
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (good), Italian (good)
Specific research areas: The digitization of the Ethiopic script (Feedel) and digital support and use of Ethiopian and Eritrean languages
Period: Twentieth-Century (1900-2000), Twenty-first Century (2000-present)
Position: Postdoc at Columbia University
Country: From US, lives in US and Ethiopia
Isabelle A. Zaugg’s research interests revolve around language & culture, media, and digital technologies in the global public sphere. Her dissertation entitled “”Digitizing Ethiopic: Coding for Linguistic Continuity in the Face of Digital Extinction”” investigates the relationship between digitally-disadvantaged languages and patterns of mass extinction of language diversity. Her dissertation approaches global concerns through a case study focused on the Ethiopian and Eritrean languages that utilize the Ethiopic script. It addresses the extent to which the script and its languages are supported in the digital sphere, including tracing the history of its inclusion in Unicode. It concludes with policy, governance, and advocacy recommendations to better support digitally-disadvantaged languages, in turn supporting their long-term survival. Zaugg earned a PhD in Communication from American University in Washington, D.C. in 2017. She earned an MA in Film & Video from American University in 2013 and a BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University in 2006. She was a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellow to Ethiopia in 2016-2017 and a Fulbright Student Fellow to Ethiopia in 2012-2013, teaching a filmmaking course to students at Addis Ababa University. She began her scholarly engagement with Ethiopia as a study-abroad student at Addis Ababa University in 2004-2005. She is currently a Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow in “”Global Language Justice”” at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. She’s an alumna of the United World College of the Adriatic, and was born and raised in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado.

Dr. Laura Bisaillon

Disciplines: Sociology
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean cultural history, Horn of Africa history, Ethiopian/Eritrean cultural anthropology
Specific research areas: Migration and mobility; law and society; health and illness; ethnography Period: Both 20th and 21st centuries
Languages: English (native fluency), French (native fluency)
Position: Assistant professor at the University of Toronto
Country: From Canada, lives in Canada
Laura Bisaillon has lived, worked, and researched in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Eritrea from 2004 to the present. Her PhD is from the University of Ottawa. For more information, see her web page.

Dr. Alula Pankhurst

Disciplines: Anthropology
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean cultural anthropology
Specific research areas: social change; research on migration, dispute resolution, children and youth, customary institutions
Periods: Twenty-first Century (2000-present CE)
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (native fluency), French (native fluency), German (good), Italian (good)
Position: Young Lives Country Director, Ethiopia WIDE lead researcher, PDRC Manager
Country: From UK, Ethiopia, lives in UK, Ethiopia
Alula Pankhurst has a BA in oriental languages from the University of Oxford, and an MA and PhD in anthropology from the University of Manchester. He taught Social Anthropology at Addis Ababa University for 16 years, where he was associate professor. He has research projects on longitudinal change as a lead researcher at Ethiopia WIDE, serves as country director for Young Lives Ethiopia.org, and as Pankhurst Development and Research Consulting (PDRC) Manager.

Dr. Balázs Szélinger

Disciplines: History
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean art: twentieth century, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1800-1900, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1900-1950, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1951-1974, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1974-1992, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1993 to present, Ethiopian/Eritrean history 1900 to present, Ethiopian/Eritrean cultural history, Horn of Africa history
Specific research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean/Horn of Africa and Eastern Europe relations
Periods: Nineteenth Century (1800-1900 CE), Twentieth-Century (1900-2000 CE), Twenty-first Century (2000-present CE)
Languages: English (good), Hungarian
Position: Diplomat at the Embassy of Hungary in Addis Ababa
Country: From Hungary, lives in Ethiopia
Born in 1969, Balázs Szélinger received a PhD in History in 2009 from University of Szeged, Hungary. He was assistant professor of history at Mekelle University, Ethiopia, 2010-2014. He was research assistant at University of Huddersfield, UK, 2016-2017. He has been economic and trade attaché at the Embassy of Hungary in Addis Ababa since 2017.

Prof. Robert Holmstedt

Disciplines: Philology
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic
Specific research areas: Ge’ez linguistics (historical, comparative)
Languages: English (native fluency), Ethiopic/Ge`ez
Period: Ancient (to 1000)
Position: University professor at University of Toronto
Country: From US, lives in Canada
Robert D. Holmstedt (MA, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a professor in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. His teaching and research focuses on philological and linguistic analysis of ancient West Semitic texts and languages, especially Hebrew, Ugaritic, and Ge’ez.

Prof. Curt Niccum

Disciplines: Religion
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic
Specific research areas: Textual Criticism of the Bible (Ethiopian Canon)
Languages: English (native fluency), French (good), German (good), Ethiopic/Ge`ez, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Coptic
Period: Ancient (to 1000)
Position: University professor at Abilene Christian University
Country: From US, lives in US

Prof. Charles Cantalupo

Disciplines: Literature
Broad research areas: Eritrean literature, poetry, and translation
Period: Twentieth-Century (1900-2000), Twenty-first Century (2000-present)
Languages: English (native fluency), French (good), Italian (good)
Position: University professor at Penn State Schuylkill
Country: From United States; living in United States

Prof. Erin C MacLeod

Disciplines: Anthropology, History
Broad research areas: Ethiopian cultural identity, Ethiopianism
Specific research areas: Pan-Africanism and Ethiopia
Languages: English (native fluency), French (good), Spanish (limited working proficiency)
Period: Twentieth Century
Position: University professor at Vanier College
Country: From Canada; living in Canada

Ms. Sophia Dege-Müller

Disciplines: History, Philology, Religion
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: medieval (1200-1500), Ethiopian/Eritrean art: early modern (1500-1900), Ethiopian/Eritrean philosophy, Ethiopian/Eritrean religion and theology, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: pre-1200, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1600-1800, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1800-1900, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1900-1950, Interconnection of Ethiopia with the wider (oriental Christian) world.
Specific research areas: Ethiopic/Ge`ez texts on the creation account; religious texts; Beta Israel, Ethiopian Jews; religious interactions in the Horn area; “magic” texts; historio-religious texts; Ethiopian manuscripts and their culture; cataloguing; University staff or administrator
Periods: Middle Ages (1000-1500), Early Modern (1500-1800), Nineteenth Century (1800-1900)
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (good), French (good), German (native fluency), Italian (good),
Position: Research associate, JewsEast project of Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany; Doctoral candidate at the Center for Ethiopian Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany
Country: From Germany, lives in Germany

Dr. Christine Sciacca

Disciplines: Art
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean art: ancient (pre-1200), Ethiopian/Eritrean art: medieval (1200-1500), Ethiopian/Eritrean art: early modern (1500-1900), Ethiopian/Eritrean art: twentieth century, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: twenty-first century, Ethiopian/Eritrean manuscript studies
Specific research areas: Ethiopian painting, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, devotional objects.
Languages: English (native fluency), German (native fluency), Italian (native fluency)
Period: Middle Ages (1000-1500 CE)
Position: Curator at Walters Art Museum
Country: From US, lives in US
Christine Sciacca is Associate Curator of European Art, 300-1400 CE at the Walters Art Museum. She received her Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Art History from Cornell University. Christine was a curator of illuminated manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum for ten years, and she has worked several other museums, including The Cloisters Museum and The British Library. Her book publications include, Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300-1350, Building the Medieval World, and Illuminating Women in the Medieval World. In 2018 she was developing and exhibition on the art of Ethiopia at the Walters Art Museum.

Ms. Sarah Howard

Disciplines: Anthropology
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1974-1992, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1993 to present, Ethiopian/Eritrean cultural anthropology
Specific research areas: history of state workers; anthropology of work; international development
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (good)
Period: Twenty-first Century (2000-present CE)
Position: Graduate student in Goldsmiths Anthropology Department
Country: From UK, lives in Ethiopia
My research centres on questions about hierarchy, development and the state through my ethnographic fieldwork with rural government workers in a lowland area of North Shewa in Amhara Region.

Dr. Meseret Hailu

Disciplines: History
Broad research areas: Ethiopian history: 1993 to present
Specific research areas: Gender and education in Ethiopia
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (good)
Period: Twenty-first Century (2000-present)
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Ohio State University
Country: From Ethiopia; living in US

Mr. Augustine Dickinson

Disciplines: History
Broad research areas: Ethiopian literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian history: 1200-1500
Specific research areas: Atṣ́e Zärʾa Yaʿəqob, magic, ecclesiastical history
Period: Middle Ages (1000-1500)
Languages: English (native fluency), French (good), Ethiopic/Ge`ez
Position: Graduate student at University of Toronto
Country: From Canada, living in Canada

Ato Habtemariam Amare

Disciplines: Literature
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic
Languages: English (good), Amharic (native fluency), Tigrinya (native fluency), Ethiopic/Ge`ez
Specific research areas: Ge’ez hagiography
Period: Middle Ages (1000-1500)
Position: Lecturer, Ph.D Candidate, Department of English literature, School of Humanities, Bahir Dar University; MA from Mekelle University; EOTC Traditional Education
Country: From Ethiopia, lives in Ethiopia

Dr. David Elias

Disciplines: Philology
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in other African languages
Languages: English (native fluency), Tigre language
Period: Twentieth-Century (1900-2000), Twenty-first Century (2000-present)
Position: Independent scholar
Country: From US, lives in US

Dr. Giovanni (Gianni) Dore

Disciplines:Anthropology
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Tigrinya, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1900-1950, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1993 to present, Ethiopian/Eritrean cultural anthropology
Specific research areas: Kunama ethnicity, gender and material culture, Eritrean/Ethiopian material culture, Italian colonialism em>Period: Twentieth-Century (1900-2000 CE)
Languages: English (good), French (good), Italian (native fluency), Kunama
Position: Scholar at Venice Ca’ Foscari University
Country: From Italy, lives in Italy
He is Former Aggregate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, History and Ethnography of Africa, History of Material Culture (Venice Ca’ Foscari University). He has conducted field research in Sardinian Material Culture and Folklore, field research in Ethiopia and Eritrea (Kunama migrants in Addis Ababa 1991-1995, Kunama in Eritrean Western Lowlands 1993- 2010). He has also studied Italian colonialism in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, and the history of Italian Anthropological Studies. He is currently affiliated for scientific research to the Department of Asian and Northern African Studies, Venice Ca’ Foscari University.
He is a member of the Linguistic and Anthropological Mission Atlas of Saho Traditional Material Culture (ASTMC), the scientific board of Ethnorema (oneline journal), on the editorial Board of Erreffe.La Ricerca folklorica. See his publications at the Ca’ Foscari University web site or Academia.edu.

Prof. Terje Ostebo

Disciplines:Religion
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean religion and theology
Specific research areas: Contemporary Islam in Ethiopia
Languages: English (native fluency), Oromo (good)
Period: Twenty-first Century (2000-present CE)
Position: University professor at Center for African Studies, University of Florida
Country: From Norway, lives in US

Dr. Assefa Dibaba

Disciplines:Literature
Broad research areas: Ethnoecology (Cultural Ecology)
Languages: English (good), Amharic (good), Oromo (native fluency)
Position: Independent Scholar
Country: From Ethiopia, lives in Ethiopia and the US
His research interest is on exploring alter/native indigenous practices used to balance human ecology.

Dr. Sean Winslow

Disciplines: History
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean history: pre-1200, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1600-1800, Ethiopian/Eritrean manuscript studies
Specific research areas: Scribal Practices; Craft Production
Languages: English (native fluency)
Period: Middle Ages (1000-1500 CE), Early Modern (1500-1800 CE)
Position: Post-doc at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Country: From US, lives in Austria
Sean M. Winslow is a post-doc in Information Modelling at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. He is a manuscript historian, focusing on the craft practices of book production; his forthcoming monograph documents Ethiopian scribal/bookmaking practice.

Mr. Mikael Muehlbauer

Disciplines: History, Art
Broad research areas: Ethiopian art: ancient (pre-1200), Ethiopian art: medieval (1200-1500)
Languages: English (native fluency), French (good), German (good), Ethiopic/Ge`ez
Specific research areas: Architecture of Tigray
Period: Ancient (to 1000), Middle Ages (1000-1500)
Position: Graduate student at Columbia University
Country: From US, lives in US

Dr. Angela Raven-Roberts

Disciplines: Development, environmental studies
Specific Research Interests:Livelihood studies, response to climate change; history of development in Ethiopia and community management of risk and vulnerability
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (native fluency)
Position: Independent scholar
Country: From UK, lives in UK

Ato Tariku Abas

Disciplines: Literature, Religion
Broad Research Interests: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Amharic, Ethiopian/Eritrean literature in European languages, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: early modern (1500-1900), Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1600-1800, Ethiopian/Eritrean international/world relations
Languages:English (native fluency), Amharic (native fluency)
Position:Graduate student at Loyola Marymount University
Country: From Ethiopia, lives in US
Tariku Abas has taught at various institutions both in Ethiopia and USA. Currently he is a graduate student at Loyola Marymount University, with a literature/creative writing emphasis. He writes creatively, and also does research on the songs and poems of war (first and second Ethiopia-Italian wars; from Italy and Ethiopia), the letter of Ignatius Loyola about Abyssinia (how the first mission of the Jesuits to Ethiopia was destined to Fail), and “Mount Amara” in early English poetry by Heylyn, Milton, and Coleridge.

Ms. Meron Tekleberhan Gebreananaye

Disciplines: Religion
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian/Eritrean literature in European languages, Ethiopian/Eritrean religion and theology
Specific research areas: Biblical Reception, Appropriation and Interpretation in Ge’ez and Amharic Periods: Middle Ages (1000-1500 CE), Early Modern (1500-1800 CE)
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (native fluency), Ethiopic/Ge`ez, Greek and Coptic (Research Languages)
Position: PhD Student in the Department of Religion and Theology at the University of Durham; MA from Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology
Country: From Ethiopia, lives in the UK

Mr. David Benjamin Spielman

Disciplines: History
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian/Eritrean religion and theology, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: pre-1200, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1600-1800, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1800-1900, Ethiopian/Eritrean legal studies
Specific research areas: Fetha Nägäst, Ecclesiastical legal history, Legal Pluralism, Sharia law, Beta Israel, Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church History
Periods: MEarly Modern (1500-1800 CE)
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (good), Ethiopic/Ge`ez, Guragignya/ Sebat Bet/ Endegagne- Limited Working Proficiency
Position: Graduate student, Community College Adjunct faculty University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of History. Los Angeles Valley College, Department of Sociology and Ethnic Studies
Country: From US, lives in US
David B. Spielman is an Africanist and Ethiopian historian with a broader interest in the Horn of Africa. In 2018, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he also earned his B.A. in African American Studies and his M.A. in African Studies (Ethiopian History). David’s research is focused on the Fetha Nägäst and its practical application during the Gondarine period.

Dr. Gidena Mesfin

Disciplines: Literature, Religion
Broad research areas: Ethiopian literature/folklore in Tigrinya, Ethiopian literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian religion and theology, Ethiopian history: 1800-1900
Specific research areas: Ethiopian Manuscripts/”Magical” manuscripts
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (native fluency), German (good), Tigrinya (native fluency), Ethiopic/Ge`ez
Position:Postdoctoral researcher at
Country: From Ethiopia, lives in Ethiopia

Prof. Wendy Laura Belcher

Disciplines: Literature, History
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic; Ethiopian/Eritrean religion and theology, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1600-1800, Ethiopian/Eritrean manuscript studies
Specific research areas:early African language literature, hagiographies, gender and sexuality
Languages: English (native fluency), Amharic (some), Ethiopic/Ge`ez
Period: Middle Ages (1000-1500 CE), Early Modern (1500-1800)
Position: University Prof at Princeton University
Country: From US, lives in US

Other Ethiopian/Eritrean Humanities Studies Scholars

Prof., Abba Giorgio Banti
Ms. Saaret E Yoseph
Ms. Awet Andemicael
Ms. Heeyeon Kim
Dr. Amsalu Tefera
Dr. Rahel Fronda
Dr. Maija Priess
Mr. Jeremy R. Brown
Dr. Habte (Michael) Kidane
Mr. Iosif Fridman
Dr. Balázs Szélinger
Dr. Kate Cowcher
Prof. Jonathan Miran
Dr. Jan Zahorik
Dr. Elsa Aimé-González
Ato Tariku Abas
Woyzerit Hewan Semon Marye
Ato Habtemariam Amare
Ms. Carla Hung
Dr. Emana Tucho Dano
Prof. Jane Plastow

Interested Parties

Dr. Ian Christie-Miller

Specific research areas: Imaging Early Books; First books printed in Ge’ez and Baltic Languages
Languages: English (native fluency), French (good)
Period: Early Modern (1500-1800)
Position: Independent scholar
Country: From UK, born in Sri Lanka; lives in UK
Christie-Miller received his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London in 1997 with a doctorate titled A Critical Analysis of Jean Thenaud’s Kabbalistic ms. Arsenal 5061. His BA (Hons.) is from the London School of Theology, 1981-82, in Biblical Aramaic; his Dip. Theology from Trinity College, Bristol 1979-81 in Greek & Hebrew. He has published Traicté de la Cabale (2007), Champion-Slatkine, Éditions Slatkine in the collection Textes de la Renaissance. He developed the Early Book Imaging System.

Mr. Marco Vigano

Disciplines:Heritage Management
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1200-1500, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: 1600-1800, Ethiopian/Eritrean historical archaeology, Ethiopian/Eritrean environmental studies (ethnoecology)
Period: Middle Ages (1000-1500 CE)
Languages: English (good), Amharic (good), French (good), Italian (native fluency), Spanish, other African languages
Position: Assistant prof. of Development issues at Addis Ababa University and of Valuation and other subjects at the Italian College, Addis Ababa.
Country: From Italy, lives in Ethiopia
He is a remote sensing expert. He finds new or overlooked archaeological sites in Africa and Mediterranean Europe via Space Archaeology, and strives to preserve them as a tourism resource. He directs an Italian and an Ethiopian NGO related to preservation of cultural and natural heritage sites. He is an environmental activist.

Rev. Deacon Gabra ‘Agzi’aabhir Jr. (Sarsby)

Disciplines: History, Philology, Religion, Linguistics, Anthropology, Geography
Broad research areas: Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in Ge`ez/Ethiopic, Ethiopian/Eritrean literature/folklore in other African languages, Ethiopian/Eritrean literature in European languages, Ethiopian/Eritrean art: ancient (pre-1200), Ethiopian/Eritrean art: medieval (1200-1500), Ethiopian/Eritrean art: early modern (1500-1900), Ethiopian/Eritrean religion and theology, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: prehistory, Ethiopian/Eritrean history: pre-1200, Ethiopian/Eritrean historical archaeology, Ethiopian/Eritrean linguistics, Ethiopian/Eritrean cultural anthropology, Ethiopian/Eritrean geography, Ethiopian/Eritrean manuscript studies, Comparative Studies in Language (Linguists), History &c.
Specific research areas: (1) Aethiopic Comparative Philology & Linguistics (2) Literary Philology on Unknown Hagiographies (3) Comparative and Ancient Aethiopian History & commerce (4) Aethiopian Geography in Classical times (5) Comparative Aethiopian Religion and Government in the Classical and Medieval period
Languages: English (native fluency), Spanish, Old Scots, Anglo-Saxon, Biblical Hebrew, Tigrinya, Amharic, Ethiopic/Ge`ez
Period: Pre-history (pre-1000 BCE), Ancient (1000 BCE to 1000 CE)
Position: Priest/Pastor, Independent scholar
Country: From Belize, West Caribbean, Central America, lives in United Kingdom
He is a researcher of two decades on Semitic Languages, History and Geography, and a fully ordained deacon in the EOTC for over a decade (serving also the Coptic, and Indo-Syriac Churches). He was born in the Caribbean (but also grew up in Germany, Holland and England), but is culturally, religiously and academically attached to [East] Africa and its humanities, visiting on research and pilgrimage to Aethiopia annually if possible for several months at time. He teaches differing Aethiopian humanities in several Aethiopian Orthodox platforms or institutions, both in Aethiopia and the UK, and lectures on the same outside of the context of the EOTC. He publishes books in various disciplines and on topics neglected in sscholarship, and participates in conferences pertaining to Aethiopia.

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