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Assistant Professor
Year Started at JMU: 2020
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PhD in History, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 2018

Research interests

Environmental history, the political history of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa, and Oromo-Ethiopia historiographies.

Teaching areas

African History, World History survey courses


Selected Publications


Society, Revolution and Military Intervention in Ethiopian Politics: Experiences among the Macca Oromo of Wallagga During the Darg Regime, 1974-1991 (Saarbrucken: Lap Lambert, 2011).


Peer-reviewed Articles

“Eating a Country: The Dynamics of State-Society Encounters in Qellem, Western Ethiopia, 1909-1933” The Journal of African History, vol. 63 (2), 2022.

“The Quest for Self-determination and the Ethiopian State: The Oromo Popular Uprising of 2014-2017 in Historical Perspective”, Northeast African Studies, vol. 21 (2), (2021), pp. 117-150.

 Guest Edited journal special issue:

“The Past of Ethiopia’s Present: Unfolding Crises, Cyclical Violence and Competing Nationalism,” Northeast African Studies, vol. 21 (2) (2021)

“The Struggle for Survival at the Margin of an African Empire: The Gidaamii Rebellion of 1909—12”, The Journal of Oromo Studies vol. 26 (2019).

 “Resistance and integration in the Ethiopian empire: the case of Macca Oromo of Qellem, 1880s-1941,” Florida Annals, 19 (2012), 87-100.     

 “Assessing the Aftermath of Adwa in Wallagga Territory (Ethiopia): the case of Leeqaa-Naqamtee and Qellem (1896-1937),” Proceedings of International Conference of Social Science and Humanity, 2 (Singapore, 2011), 482-84.

 Magazine articles

“Oromo Protests: the ‘Oromo Street’ and Africa’s Counter-Protest State (Part I),” Addis Standard, June 9, 2016.

“Oromo Protests: the ‘Oromo Street’ and Africa’s Counter-Protest State (Part II),” Addis Standard, July 25, 2016.

“Oromo Protests: the ‘Oromo Street’ and Africa’s Counter-Protest State (Part III),” Addis Standard, September 16, 2016. 

Book projects

Balagär, Balabbat and Ba’id: A History of Local Conflicts, Bargains and State Construction in Imperial Ethiopia (Ca. 1880s-1974)

A.Triulzi, T. Ta’a and Etana Dinka (trans & eds), Documents for Wallagga History, Ethiopia (ca. 1880s-1920s E.C.)


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