Awet T. Weldemichael

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  • Assistant Professor
  • Social Theory
1739 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:
ON LEAVE 2014-2015

Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), 2008


Prior to joining the UK History Department, Weldemichael taught at UCLA and Trinity College, and spent three years of teaching and research in Europe at the Universities of Bologna, Hamburg and Paris.

Weldemichael is currently on leave from UK on special research assignment.


Contemporary Northeast and East Africa and island Southeast Asia; imperialism; colonialism; decolonization; revolutions and nationalist movements; peace, conflict and security research.

Current research projects includes Northeast African political economy of conflict with a focus on Somalia, and maritime security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

Selected Publications: 

Third World Colonialism and Strategies of Liberation: Eritrea and East Timor Compared (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

“African Diplomacy of Liberation: the Case of Eritrea’s Search for an ‘African India’,” Cahiers d'Études africaines (forthcoming)

“Threats, Prospects and Trends in Eritrean-Yemeni Waters,” Strategic Insights: Global Maritime Security Analysis, No. 34, September 2011.

“Grand Strategies of Liberation in Eritrea and East Timor,” Africa: the Italian Journal of African and Oriental Studies, LXV, 1-2, 2010, pp. 40-57.

“The Eritrean Long March: The Strategic Withdrawal of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF), 1978–1979,” The Journal of Military History, Vol. 73, No. 4 (October 2009), pp. 1231-1271.